Wiley's homer helps Vikings split with Northrop

Brett Wiley.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Brett Wiley smacked a two-run home run to lead the Huntington North High School baseball team to a 3-2 first game victory and split of its doubleheader with visiting Northrop on Saturday, April 18.

The Vikings dropped the second game, 4-2, to run their season record to 2-5.

Trevor West had a run-scoring double, Wiley had a total of three hits and Wes Carroll evened his record at 2-2 with 5-2/3 innings of five-hit ball in the opener.

Northrop went ahead in the opener with single runs in the first and second innings, the second coming on a home run. The Vikings got one of them back in the third as Wiley singled and advanced to second on a passed ball, later advanced to third and trotted home on West's double to left.

They took the lead in the fifth when T.J. Bolding walked and Wiley followed with his blast to rightfield.

After the first two innings, Carroll and relievers Nick Miller and Billy Ray fired scoreless ball. Ray picked up the save by getting the final Northrop batter to ground out with the tying run on third base.

Carroll struck out nine and walked four.

Northrop scored solo runs in the first two innings and added what turned out to be the winning pair in the third inning of the second contest. A double steal earned the Bruins their first run of the contest, and the second came home on a wild pitch with runners on second and third. Two walks, three steals and a single in the third got the Bruins all they would need for the rest of the game.

The Vikings tied the second at 2-2 in the bottom of the second with two runs after two outs. Andrew Doctor singled, Miller was hit by a pitch and Taylor Harris hit an infield single to load the bases. Kyle Barr then drove in both runs with a single to center.

The Vikings out-hit the Bruins 7-3 in the second contest. Harris and Barr each had a pair.

Shaun Marion took the loss for HNHS.