Rain, Lady Spartans can't keep HNHS from softball sectional final

After rain attempted to spoil the game for the Huntington North High School varsity softball team, host Homestead did the same, cutting into the Lady Vikings' lead, but Huntington North weathered both storms to win 7-2 on Wednesday, May 22, advancing to the title game of the Homestead Softball Sectional.

A downpour briefly suspended play in the bottom of the third inning with the Lady Vikings leading 3-0. When play resumed, the Spartans struck and got on the board with two unearned runs. However, Homestead's momentum would run out as quickly as the rain. Huntington North responded with two scores in the fourth and cushioned its lead with two more in the seventh, all while holding the Spartans scoreless, to earn a shot at playing for the sectional crown on Friday.

The Lady Vikings, 23-2, ranked fifth in 4A, were paced by Kaylynn Rosen on offense, who smacked a two-run home run in the third inning. The junior finished the game with three hits, as many runs batted in and a run scored.

Erin Rethlake added two RBI and as many hits and runs to Huntington North's cause.

Rethlake also took care of business on the mound for the Lady Vikings, where she went the distance, ceding only two hits and striking out 16 to pick up the win.

Homestead's Tori Strelec also pitched a complete game and surrendered seven hits and five earned runs to receive the loss.

Allie Gallmeyer accounted for the Spartans' two runs.

Huntington North will play South Side in the sectional championship game on Friday at 7 p.m.