Viking baseball team trounces Anderson, falls to Lafayette Jeff

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team trounced Anderson, 13-3, before getting edged late by host West Lafayette Jefferson, 6-4, in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 12.

The Vikings, 3-2, went up early on the Indians, hanging four runs on their North Central Conference foes in the first inning. Anderson responded with two scores in the third and another in the fourth to trim Huntington North's lead to 4-3, but Coach Brian Abbott's squad countered with three runs in its half of the frame and six more in the fifth to win via the 10-run rule.

Connor West took care of business at both the plate and on the mound for Huntington North. The senior had two hits and as many runs batted in and threw a one-hitter through the first three innings with five strikeouts to pick up the win.

Junior Caleb Landrum earned a save in relief, yielding just a pair of base pokes and a run in the final two frames.

Senior Devon Goelz and junior Walker Spahr contributed two RBI apiece to the Vikings' offensive effort, which featured nine hits.

Goelz also swiped three bases, a feat matched by fellow seniors Mitch Hughes and Dylan Mower, to help the Vikes finish with a whopping 16 steals on the day. Mower's total came all in the fourth inning as he stole second and third before swiping home.

Anderson hurler Julius Neal gave up four base pokes and five runs in the first 3.1 innings to get the loss.

In game two, Huntington North plated two runners in the top of the fifth to knot things up with West Lafayette, 3-3. The Vikings went ahead in the sixth, 4-3, when Hughes doubled and eventually scored on a balk.

The hosts had the final cheer, though, getting to Huntington North reliever Austin Hale for three runs in the bottom of the sixth before Chandler Ferguson capped a complete game performance for the Red Devils by shutting out the Vikings in the seventh.

Ferguson scattered five hits and three earned runs while striking out nine to get the victory.

Hale took the loss for Huntington North, giving up a pair of base pokes and as many walks in addition to the trio of runs in his lone inning of work.

Starter Blake Gray tossed the first five frames for Huntington North, allowing seven hits and two earned runs with four walks and five strikeouts.

West Lafayette took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Vikings tied things up with a solo tally in the second, followed by the hosts going up 3-1 with two scores in the third.

Hughes banged out two of the Vikings' five hits while Goelz added the team's lone RBI on a fifth inning double.

Ethan Smith led the Red Devils' offensive effort with two hits and as many RBI.