Vikings come back on Southwood

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team edged host Southwood, 5-4, on Friday, May 11.

The Vikings, 21-1, found themselves in a 3-0 hole through the first three innings before scoring once in the fourth and three times in the fifth to seize the lead. While the Knights proceeded to knot the game with a solo tally in the sixth, Coach Jarod Hammel’s squad went back in front for good with a solo tally of its own in the final frame.

In Huntington North’s big fifth inning, junior Trey Williams lead off the frame with a double. Junior Levi Bennett then reached base on a wild throw by Southwood’s Clayton Wells, which also permitted Williams to score. Following a bunt by pinch-hitter Logan Moreland that moved Bennett to third, Moreland stole second base and Bennett touched home plate, thanks to a missed catch by Wells. Next, Moreland advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Collin Landrum, then scored on a single by senior Ian McCutcheon to round out the scoring.

Following Southwood’s game-tying run in the sixth, Huntington North’s go-ahead score in the following frame was set into motion when Williams, just as he did in the fifth, started off the inning with a two-bagger. A sacrifice bunt by Bennett then moved Williams to third before a sacrifice fly by junior Dane Fife sent him home.

McCutcheon came in to pitch the seventh and saw to it that Huntington North’s lead stood up. The senior coaxed a pop-out from Cameron Ball, then fanned Tanner Hartley. After issuing a walk to Mason Yentes, McCutcheon’s defense came up big, with Collin Landrum snagging a deep fly ball by Carson Rich to end the game.

Elliott Lesperance tossed the first six innings for the Vikings. The senior, improving to 7-0, yielded six hits and the Knights’ four runs while striking out five and issuing a walk. McCutcheon recorded the save, his fourth of the season.

Huntington North banged out six hits in support of its hurlers. Williams led the way with three base pokes.

Southwood, 5-11, was paced at the plate by Tristin Hayslett, who produced two hits and as many runs batted in, and Rich, who logged a home run and two RBI.

Rich took the loss for the Knights. He pitched the first six innings, surrendering five hits and four runs, two of which were earned, while walking two and fanning three.