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Huntington North edged by Warsaw walk-off

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

BASEBALL

The Huntington North baseball team return to action on Thursday with a road tilt at Warsaw, but came up on the short end of a 2–1 outcome.

The loss dropped the Vikings’ season record to 1–4.

Offense came at a premium all game long, as both teams’ pitching was locked in.

Huntington North started the scoring in the top of the fourth inning thanks to senior shortstop Zach Daugherty scoring on a misplayed grounder by the Warsaw defense to give the Vikings a 1–0 lead.

The score would remain unchanged until the bottom of the seventh when Warsaw had the bases loaded with one out. Despite Huntington North allowing just two hits to that point, Warsaw’s fourth proved to be all the Tigers would need, as Josh Ehrlinger doubled to deep left-center field to score a pair of runs and come away with a 2–1 walk-off win.

“Our young men showed improvement defensively today, and also a little bit of toughness and resiliency,” said head coach Jarod Hammel. “Unfortunately, tonight further illustrated that our margin for error in a game remains very small. We are putting ourselves in situations where we have to play nearly perfect defensively, and that is a tough way to win a high school baseball game.”

Senior pitcher Trey Williams threw five innings in the start for the Vikings, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out a pair of Warsaw batters.

Daugherty moved to the mound in the sixth inning and tossed one and one-third innings, giving up one hit and two runs while striking out one Tiger to pick up the loss.

Senior left fielder Mason Anderson and senior third baseman Nathan Hall picked up Huntington North’s two lone hits of the day, while Williams recorded the Vikings’ only RBI.

Huntington North returns to the field on Saturday for home games against Lawrence Central and Lake Central. Game one is set to begin at 10 a.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

The Huntington North girls tennis team completed their busy week of tennis by picking up their fourth victory in as many days on Thursday against Adams Central.

Unlike Wednesday’s matchup with Southwood, every point mattered on Thursday, as the Vikings escaped with a 3–2 win to improve their season record to 4–0.

Senior Jessica Henline scored a 2–0 victory in first singles action with sets of 6–1 and 6–4, while junior Emily Daas cruised to a 2–0 win with sets of 6–1 and 6–0.

The Vikings’ doubles team suffered different fates, as Adams Central claimed both matches despite significantly different narratives.

Senior Macy Wohlford and junior Maisy Kesler lost both sets of the 2–0 first doubles loss by 0–6 scores.

Senior Crosley Stanley and junior Sydney Smekens went the distance with a wild three-set match, but came up on the short end of a 2–1 decision with sets of 6–4, 6–7 (4–7) and 3–6.

Luckily for Huntington North, senior Emily Bokel squeaked out a 2–1 win in second doubles to grab the third and deciding point for the overall match. Bokel grabbed the first set 6–2, but then fell 6–6 (4–7) in set two, sending the matchup to a third set. Bokel escaped with a 6–4 win in the set to push the Vikings over the top to keep their perfect season intact.

“I thought last night's match went pretty well,” said head coach Blake Childs. “We played against an evenly (matched) opponent. It was a very close match, but Emily Bokel at (second) singles was able to come up big for the team and get the third point in a (three-)set win. I think all the girls improved last night. I am very happy with the results this week and looking forward to getting to practice and continue to improve on their skills.”

Huntington North will look to continue their spotless campaign when the team returns to action for a home matchup against Marion on Monday at 5 p.m.