Last-inning rally falls just short for Viking diamond boys

A final-inning three-run rally fell just short for the Huntington North High School baseball team as it fell to visiting New Haven, 6-5, on Tuesday, May 16.

Trailing 6-2 heading in the bottom of the seventh, the Vikings, 14-8,  got two singles and two doubles to tally a trio of runs, but the tying run was left on base as New Haven hung on.

New Haven tallied what proved to be the game-winning runs in the top of the seventh thanks to a hit, an error and a wild pitch.

The visitors reached Huntington starter and loser Gage Sandlin for three runs in the second. The Vikings tallied a pair of runs in the fifth and New Haven scored a solo tally in the sixth for a 4-2 lead.

Logan Moreland had two hits and Elliott Lesperance had two runs batted in to lead the seven-hit HNHS attack.

Sandlin went 6 innings and gave up four earned runs on 10 hits, with three strikeouts and two walks. Sam Daugherty pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up two runs, one earned, on one hit, with one walk. Lesperance went the last third of an inning.