West homers to help Vikings split with Anderson

Joey West homered and the Huntington North High School baseball team had two big innings on the way to beating host Anderson, 9-2, in the second game and salvaging a doubleheader split on Saturday, May 23.

The Vikings got crushed in the opener, 15-5.

After taking the big loss in the first game against a 19-5 Anderson squad, the Vikings came back in the nitecap with four runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth to back the pitching of Wes Carroll for the win.

The Vikings head into next week's sectional with a 14-12 mark.

T.J. Bolding started the Vikings on their way in the third inning of the second game with a walk, and Jamon Hammel followed with a double. A Taylor Harris groundout got the first run home, then Brett Wiley singled in the second run.

A double by Nick Miller plated the third run and Andrew Doctor knocked in the fourth with a single.

West planted one over the fence for the big blow of the fifth, following a Harris walk and a Wiley single. The Vikes added two more in the frame, however, with two outs as Carroll, Kyle Barr, Bolding and Hammel linked singles.

Hammel, Wiley and Bolding each had two hits as HNHS pounded two Anderson hurlers for a total of 12 in the game.

Carroll improved his mark to 5-4 with six innings of one-run ball.

In the opener, Anderson cranked out five hits and six runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Indians pounded HNHS pitching for two homers, a triple and two doubles on their way to 15 hits.

Wiley and Bolding led the HNHS attack with two hits apiece.

HNHS scored all five of its runs in the fourth inning, RBI going to West, losing pitcher Billy Ray, Kameron Smith and two to Bolding.

Ray got knocked around for nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits in just three innings.