Vikings take nightcap for split with McCutcheon

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team fell to host McCutcheon, 8-4, but bounced back with a 6-4 victory in the nightcap to forge a doubleheader split on Saturday, April 7.

In the second contest, after a solo tally by McCutcheon in the first inning, Huntington North plated three runners in the third inning and three more in the fourth to take a commanding 6-1 lead. The Mavericks responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Viking reliever Ian McCutcheon held them scoreless the rest of the way to keep Huntington North on top.

McCutcheon tossed the final three innings for the Vikings, during which time he yielded just two hits to record his second save of the season. He also walked two and struck out five.

Levi Bennett picked up the win for Huntington North, 3-1. The hurler, 1-0, pitched the first 3.1 frames, allowing three hits and four runs, only one of which was earned.

Zach Daugherty also saw action for the Vikes, recording a pair of outs in the fourth.

The Huntington North offense banged out eight hits in support of its pitchers. Bennett helped his own cause, registering a hit and two runs batted in. Collin Landrum and Jarret Gray both logged two hits and an RBI.

McCutcheon, 2-1, was paced by Kobe McNeely, who finished with a hit and two RBI.

Connor Ayers took the loss for the Mavericks, surrendering three hits and as many earned runs in two innings.

The opening contest was scoreless through the first three and a half innings before McCutcheon broke it open with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Huntington North responded with three runs in the fifth, but mustered only one more score after that while the hosts tacked on insurance tallies in the fifth and sixth frames to ice the win.

Gage Sandlin took the loss for the Vikings. Sandlin, 0-1, tossed the first four innings, allowing five hits and six runs, though only one was earned. He fanned two and walked a pair.

Huntington North finished with seven hits at the plate. Gray produced a hit and two RBI while Trey Williams logged a hit and an RBI. Dane Fife plated a runner as well while Landrum and McCutcheon registered two base pokes apiece.

Parker Lamb earned the win for the Mavericks, allowing five hits and three runs, none of which were earned, in the game’s first five innings. He struck out three and walked as many.

Peyton Williams had the big bat for the McCutcheon offense, producing a hit and three RBI.