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Six Vikings earn All-NE8 conference honors

PITCH: Huntington North’s Ian McCutcheon prepares to take the mound during the Vikings’ game against Southwood earlier this season.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

After grabbing a share of the Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) title this spring, the Huntington North baseball team saw six players earn All-Conference honors.

A trio of Vikings, Elliott Lesperance, Jarret Gray and Ian McCutcheon, earned All-Conference First Team honors this season. Collin Landrum was named to the Second Team while Gage Sandlin and Trey Williams earned Honorable Mention recognition.

Lesperance was named to the First Team as a pitcher. On the season, Lesperance finished the season with 43.1 innings pitched while finishing with a 2.91 ERA. Lesperance struck out 19 and walked 11 while allowing opponents to bat .269 against him on the year.

Jarret Gray and Ian McCutcheon were two of the team’s top hitters, the former hitting .341 and the latter hitting .429.

McCutcheon finished with 33 runs, a team-high 39 hits and led the team in slugging with a .615 slugging percentage. McCutcheon slugged two doubles and five triples and sported a team-best on-base percentage of .505.

McCutcheon also featured as a closer late in the season for Huntington North, appearing in nine games and 12.2 innings, finishing with four saves and a 2-0 record. McCutcheon struck out 16 and walked eight in that span.

Gray, meanwhile, hit .341 on the season with a .482 on-base percentage, second on the team only to McCutcheon. Gray tallied 28 hits, 24 runs and knocked in a team-best 29 runs.

Landrum joined Gray and McCutcheon as one of the best hitters on the team. Landrum’s .366 batting average was the second-best on the team while his 35 runs are tops on the team and his .473 slugging percentage was second on the team. The senior added 34 hits, 11 RBIs and walked 16 times on the year for a .470 on-base percentage.

As part of a record-breaking season on the bases, McCutcheon and Landrum tied for team-high honors in stolen bases with 28 apiece. Gray added 24 on the year.

Williams hit .293 on the season for Huntington North while slugging a team-best 10 doubles on the season for a .415 slugging percentage. Paired with 15 walks, Williams sported a .410 on-base percentage while slapping 24 hits and scoring 17 runs.

Sandlin was one of the top arms on the mound for Huntington North this season. The hurler tossed a team-high 46.2 innings with an ERA of 3.15. Sandlin finished with 22 strikeouts to 19 walks while allowing a .254 batting average against.

Huntington North finished the season with a 6-1 record in NE8 play and earned a share of the conference title with Norwell.