Vikings go 2-1 at Lafayette invite

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team went 2-1 at the Joe Heath Classic in Lafayette on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, with the highlight being a 19-1 drubbing of Gary West Side on Saturday.

The Vikings also won on Friday against Harrison, 4-3, but lost their second game on Saturday to Lafayette Jefferson 4-0.

Facing Gary West Side in its first matchup on Saturday, Huntington North, 3-1, put up three runs in the first inning before racking up 15 in the second and third innings to win in lopsided fashion.

Connor West racked up three runs batted in, Andrew Broderick and Derek Snyder each had two RBI and 10 other Huntington North batters each knocked in a run.

Broderick and Kory Goodrich had two hits apiece while Caleb Richison and Matt Hughes scored three runs and Devon Goelz, Braydin Stell and Thomas Parker tallied two each.

Caleb Landrum got the win, yielding only five hits in as many innings with a run and seven strikeouts.

Kevin Suttles took the loss for Gary West Side after getting tagged for five hits and nine earned runs while walking six in just an inning of work.

On Friday, after Harrison scored in the fourth inning and got to within a run, 2-1, Huntington North put up two in the fifth and yielded only two more scores the rest of the game to hold off Harrison.

West led all batters with two RBI and he and Goelz both knocked out as many hits. Derek Snyder's two runs were a game-high.

Nick Torres paced Harrison with a hit, a run batted in and a run. Carter Bridge and Rhett Baxter smacked two hits apiece.

Stell struck out eight in five innings and gave up only four hits and a run for the win.

Jordan Doyle was the loser for Harrison, surrendering seven hits and four earned runs in five frames.

Lafayette Jefferson jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Huntington North after the first inning, picked up an insurance run in the sixth and held the Vikings scoreless the whole way to send them to their only loss of the classic.

Huntington North's only signs of life on offense came from Caleb Richison, who had two hits, and Goelz, who had one.