Second-game rally nets Lady Vikes twinbill sweep over Anderson

A six-run fifth inning in the second game helped the Huntington North High School varsity softball team to a 13-9 win and doubleheader sweep of host Anderson on Saturday, May 3.

The Lady Vikes, 13-4, romped past the hosts, 18-3, in four innings in the first game behind Mikayla Gray's pitching and home runs by Alexa Hill and Alyssa Hiple.

HNHS trailed the hosts, 6-5, after four innings in the nightcap before their explosion. Anderson responded with a single run in the bottom of the sixth and both teams scored a pair of runs in the seventh to close things out.

Freshman Hannah Middlebrooks got the second game win with four innings of relief, allowing six hits and two earned runs, with four strikeouts and one walk.

Kaylynn Rosen provided the big sticking for HNHS with two hits and four runs batted in. Tiffany Burke knocked in three runs and Morgan Butler had two hits and two RBI.

Hill and Makayla Whaley also had two hits in the contest as HNHS collected a total of 10 safeties, and Hiple tallied three times.

Tori Newsome started on the mound for HNHS and went the first three innings, yielding five earned runs on five hits with one strikeout.

Hill and Hiple each had two hits and three ribbies in the opener to go along with their dingers, and Whaley continued her recent hot hitting with two hits and three RBI as well. Rosen added two hits and two RBI and Natasha Grover chipped in with a team-high three of the Lady Vikings' 14 safeties.

Hill, Hiple, Rosen and Grover each scored three times in the contest.

Gray held up her end on the mound by allowing only two hits in four innings, with six strikeouts and two walks.

The Lady Vikes made Gray's job easier with a big eight-run first inning. They added two runs in the second frame, five more in the third and three more in the fourth.