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Huntington outlasts Goshen in slugfest

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com


The Huntington University baseball team scored a wild 18–10 Crossroads League win over Goshen on Friday, improving the Foresters’ record to 19–9, including a 13–4 conference mark.

After a scoreless first inning, the Huntington offense ignited for four runs in the top of the second frame with RBIs by freshman shortstop Satchell Wilson, senior center fielder Donovan Clark (two) and freshman left fielder Collin Landrum for a 4–0 lead.

Goshen answered with one run in the bottom of the inning and two apiece in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 5–4 advantage.

However, the Foresters responded in overwhelming fashion in the top of the sixth, plating eight runs to regain a 12–5 lead thanks to RBIs by senior designated hitter Adam Roser, senior right fielder Adrian Perez, freshman second baseman Ian McCutcheon, Clark, senior pinch hitter Matt Kunce (two) and senior left fielder Jacob Hansen (two).

The Maple Leafs posted four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, chopping the Huntington lead to 12–9, but the Foresters again dominated at the plate in the top of the eighth, putting the game out of reach with six more runs to take hold of an 18–9 advantage.

McCutcheon, Hansen and senior pinch hitter Andrew Natividad all smacked RBI hits, as Hansen highlighted the inning with a three-run bomb.

Goshen got one run in the bottom half of the inning, but it was not enough, giving Huntington an 18–10 victory.

Freshman pitcher Brent Turner tossed three and one-third innings in the start for the Foresters, allowing two hits and three earned runs while striking out a trio of Maple Leafs.

Freshman pitcher Gabe Freeman came on in relief, giving up five hits and two earned runs in two and one-third innings of work to pick up the first victory of his collegiate career.

Junior pitcher Mason Shinabery threw the final three and one-third innings for Huntington, allowing just one hit but five runs, though only two were earned. Shinabery also struck out six Goshen batters to earn the save.

In all, the Foresters recorded 21 hits and 18 RBIs in the win. The 21 hits is the most Huntington has tallied in a game since ammassing 25 in a 21–5 victory over Bethel on April 17, 2017, while the 18 RBIs is the most for the Foresters since recording 19 in a 21–1 win over Goshen on May 9, 2017.

Huntington wrapped up its three-game series with the Maple Leafs on Saturday with a doubleheader, falling 3–2 in home-run, walk-off fashion in game one before bouncing back with an 8–4 win in the second half of the doubleheader.

The Saturday split pushed the Foresters’ season record to 20–10, including a 14–5 mark in their conference contests.

Huntington opened the scoring in Saturday’s first game with two runs in the top of the third with runs by Clark and Lichty, but Goshen answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to even the score at 2–2.

The game would stay that way until the seventh inning, as both pitchers were on their game all afternoon long. Goshen’s Jason Grooms played hero in the inning, robbing the Foresters of a go-ahead home run in the top of the frame before walking it off with a home run of his own in the bottom of the seventh for a 3–2 Maple Leaf win.

Junior pitcher Alex McCutcheon threw six and two-third innings for Huntington, giving up just four hits and three earned runs. McCutcheon struck out 13 Goshen batters in the loss, a career-best total.

“Alex was simple like he has been all year,” said head coach Mike Frame. “He got a very questionable balk call in the inning that they scored two runs or they would not have scored at all (until) the seventh. It is unfortunate that we could not have some more run support for him.”

The Foresters started game two of the doubleheader quickly with a run in the top of the first, as Clark came all the way home on a pair of stolen bases and a passed ball, giving Huntington a 1–0 advantage.

Clark scored again in the third inning to double the Forester lead to 2–0 with an RBI single by Roser. Clark then doubled in the fourth inning to bring home freshman pinch runner Ryan Hale for a 3–0 Huntington advantage after four frames.

Junior first baseman Austin Pritchard launched a two-run homer over the wall in the fifth inning, while Wilson eventually scored the third run of the frame on a wild throw by the Goshen defense, extending the Foresters’ lead to 6–0.

Clark scored his third run of the contest in the sixth inning on a Lichty fielder’s choice, but the Maple Leafs finally got on the board in the bottom half of the frame with a pair of runs to bring the score to 7–2 in favor of Huntington.

The seventh inning was a near-mirror image of the sixth, with the Foresters scoring on a wild throw and Goshen scoring two runs to make the score 8–4.

Neither team scored in the eighth or ninth innings, resulting in an 8–4 decision for Huntington.

Junior pitcher Caleb Landrum earned the win on the mound by throwing seven innings, allowing nine hits and four runs, though one was unearned, and striking out a trio of Maple Leafs.

Shinabery came on in relief to toss two hitless and scoreless frames to close out the contest for the Foresters, striking out two Goshen batters along the way.

“I was actually less than satisfied with our approach all weekend,” Frame said. “We seemed to struggle to keep a focus in all levels of the game. I realize we won the series, but we need to be better of the last couple of weeks than we were on the weekend.”

Huntington returns to action on Tuesday with a Crossroads League doubleheader against Marian. First pitch for game one is slated for 3 p.m. at Forest Glen Park.


The Huntington University softball team got right back to work on Saturday, hosting RV Taylor for a pair of Crossroads League tilts.

The Trojans earned a 12–5 win in game one before claiming an 8–2 decision in game two to complete the sweep. The losses dropped the Foresters’ season record to 11–23, including a 7–17 mark in conference contests.

Taylor stormed out to a 3–0 lead after the first inning, with all three runs coming via the deep ball, as Courtney Moriarty and Hannah Castor going yard for the Trojans. Moriarty’s blast was a two-run shot.

Huntington answered in the bottom of the second, as sophomore center fielder Sophia Beachy crushed a deep ball of her own to trim the Taylor advantage to 3–1.

However, two runs in the third and another in the fifth gave the Trojans a 6–1 lead. The Foresters scored one in the bottom of the fifth thanks to another solo shot, this time by sophomore first baseman Paige Eichelberger, to cut the Taylor lead to 6–2.

The Trojans put the game away in the top of the sixth with six more runs to take a 12–2 advantage, highlighted by two more home runs. Moriarty sent her send shot of the day over the wall for a three-run bomb, while Maddi Evans drove a two-run homer to cap the Taylor scoring in the frame.

The Foresters responded with a trio of runs in the bottom half of the inning with runs by sophomore third baseman Kennedy Krull, Beachy and junior shortstop Joelle Beals to push the score to 12–5, but that would be the closest Huntington would get, as neither team scored the rest of the way, resulting in a 12–5 outcome for the Trojans.

Sophomore pitcher Mallory West threw six innings in the start for the Foresters, giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs. West fanned four Taylor batters in the losing effort.

Freshman pitcher Anna Weigold came on in relief and tossed one inning, allowing five hits and five earned runs.

Huntington will host Spring Arbor for a pair of conference games on Tuesday. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m. with game two to follow.