Early fast start doesn't translate to win for Viking diamond boys

The Huntington North High School baseball team put up a five-spot in the first inning but then never scored again the rest of the game and fell to visiting Northrop, 6-5, on Tuesday, April 18.

Northrop tallied three runs in the top of the first but the Vikings, 4-4, responded with their big first inning to take a 5-3 lead, but that proved to be it for the HNHS offense. The Bruins scored once in the second and then got the eventual game-winners in the fourth.

CJ. Landrum had two of the Vikings' four hits -- including a triple -- and three runs batted in to lead the HNHS offense. Cody Barton added a hit and two ribbies.

Pat Miller got the loss on the mound, going the first 3.2 innings and yielding seven hits for six earned runs, with three strikeouts and five walks. Barton went the next 2.1 frames, yielding just two hits with three strikeouts, and Gage Sandlin finished up with a scoreless inning, having two strikeouts and one walk.

Zach Piatt and Doan Kyler each had three hits to lead Northrop, 9-1, but the real hero of the day for Northrop was relief pitcher Marcus Bell, who came in after two outs in the first and went 6.1 innings of one-hit, scoreless ball after HNHS put up five runs on starter Gaven Schreiber.