Landrum uses arm, bat to pace HNHS baseball team to win

Caleb Landrum.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Caleb Landrum led the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to victory with his bat and his arm in a 15-12 slugfest with host Snider on Wednesday, April 9.

Landrum, a junior, batted in a team-high four runs and tossed 4.2 innings of relief, picking up the win for the Vikings, 2-0.

Landrum plated one of his runs in the first inning, which saw the Vikings jump out to a commanding 8-1 lead.

However, after the Panthers scored twice in the second frame and Huntington North tacked on two more in the top of the third, the hosts went off for six runs in their half of the inning to tighten things to 10-9.

The Vikings pushed four runners across home to give themselves some breathing room in the top of the fifth, but the relief was short-lived as Snider plated two in the bottom of the frame and added another in the sixth while holding Huntington North scoreless to trail only 14-12 heading into the final inning.

A Viking insurance tally came via Cameron Stuttle, who scored an unearned run, but HNHS didn't end up needing it as Landrum shut out the Panthers in the final frame to notch his first win of the season.

Landrum yielded eight hits and four earned runs while striking out three. Connor West threw the first 2.1 innings, giving up six hits, eight runs - five earned - with four walks and six strikeouts.

Snider went through four pitchers, which surrendered a total of 15 hits to Huntington North. Devon Goelz and Mitch Hughes supplied two RBI apiece and were two of five Vikings with a pair of base pokes. Goelz and Hughes also tied with three other Vikings for the team-high in runs, with two each.

Matthew Krites paced the Panthers, 1-1, with four RBI and banged out three of the team's 14 hits.