Lady Vikings 1-2 at Carmel SB Invitational

Erin Rethlake pitched a no-hitter in the first game and took a rare loss in the third game as the Huntington North High School varsity softball team went 1-2 in the Carmel Invitational on Saturday, April 26.

Behind Rethlake's arm and bat in the first game, HNHS, 9-3, defeated Munster 10-0. The Lady Vikes were then shaded by Brownsburg, 7-6, in the second game, and fell hard to Carmel, 10-1, in the last game.

Rethlake's second no-hitter of the season was just one walk shy of a perfect game, but the University of Kentucky-bound senior didn't just stop there. She also hit a home run and a double and knocked in three runs.

Alexa Hill also swung a mighty stick for HNHS with a home run and four runs batted in. She and Rethlake each hit their bombs in a six-run fourth inning to break up a pitcher's duel.

Maddi Kennedy, Natasha Grover and Makayla Whaley each had two hits for the Lady Vikes, who added four more runs in the fifth.

Brownsburg exploded for five runs in the sixth inning of the second game to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 7-5 advantage. HNHS got one back in the seventh, but Brownsburg was able to hang on.

Maddi Kennedy had three hits, including a double, for the Lady Vikes, while Alyssa Hiple had a homer and three RBI, Grover had two hits and Rethlake had two RBI.

Reliever Tori Newsome took the mound loss for HNHS, yielding three earns runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk in one inning. Starter Hannah Middlebrooks went the first five innings, yielding four earned runs on nine hits, with two strikeouts and three walks.

Rethlake didn't have her usual good control in the finale and yielded seven runs, but only two earned, in 4.2 inings, yielding just one hit but five walks. The Lady Vikes, who only got one hit themselves in the contest, were down 7-1 at that point.