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Vikings silence Spartan offense, earn victory

PITCH: Huntington North’s Trey Williams fires a pitch during a scrimmage earlier this season for the Vikings.

Staff reports

Baseball

With not only a chance to knock off a ranked team but also pick up a win over a team receiving votes in the Class 4A polls, the Huntington North baseball team traveled to Homestead on Tuesday for a sectional title rematch.

A two-run first inning and a three-run seventh inning provided more than enough cushion for the Vikings as they picked up a 7-1 win on the road to move to 4-1 on the season.

A walk to Collin Landrum and a single from Ian McCutcheon to open the game put runners on the corners with no outs. A pair of wild throws following a McCutcheon stolen base brought both runners around to score, giving the guests a 2-0 lead.

Homestead pulled back a run in the second inning after a double and a single to open the frame, but it would be the only run Trey Williams would allow on the mound on the day.

Williams pitched 5.1 innings, giving up six hits and one run on one walk and two strikeouts.

In the seventh inning, the Vikings mounted a two-out rally that started with an Ian McCutcheon double. A balk by Eli MacDonald on the mound moved McCutcheon to third before a walk to Jarret Gray.

An error on a steal by Gray allowed McCutcheon to score before another walk to Levi Bennett put two on. Zach Daugherty cleared the bases with an RBI double to left, giving the visitors a 7-1 lead.

Daugherty pitched the final 1.2 innings, giving up just one run while striking out two and walking one.

At the plate, Daugherty finished 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. McCutcheon, Williams, Elliott Lesperance and Keegan Bartrom all had a hit.

Williams and Lesperance each had an RBI while McCutcheon scored twice.

Softball

The Viking softball team picked up a 15-5 win in five innings at home over Fort Wayne Northrop on Tuesday.

Kendra Arnold earned the win on the mound while Kodi Douglass finished 4-for-4 with two singles and two doubles in the win.

Arnold went 2-for-3 with a single and a double at the plate while Laney Shaw added a home run on the night.

 Boys’ track

The Huntington North boys’ track team earned a 72-60 win over Bellmont on Tuesday on the road.

Wins for Huntington North came from the 3,200-meter relay team of Brock Spahr, Aaron Hendryx, Jackson Wright and Nolan Young as well as the 1,600-meter relay team of Kasey Konz, Deven Newcomb, Jacob Hall and Caleb Smith.

Mitchell Geller took first in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump, Konz placed first in the 400-meter dash, Carson Bollinger won the 300-meter hurdles, Wright placed first in the 800-meter run and Damon Kaylor won the shot put.

Girls’ tennis

The Viking girls’ tennis team picked up a win in its season-opener on Tuesday at home over Peru, 4-1.

Jessica Henline dropped her No. 1 singles match for the lone loss of the night, falling 6-4, 2-6, 4-6.

At No. 2 singles, Kassidy Thompson won 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) while Tarah Zumbrun won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Macy Wohlford and Jule Nogaj won 6-1, 6-2 while the No. 2 team of Braxtyn Maroney and Leann Ringenberg won 6-0, 6-1.