Spahr lifts Viking diamond men past New Haven

Walker Spahr went the distance on the mound and drove in the go-ahead run for the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team in its 6-5 win over visiting New Haven on Wednesday, April 16.

The Vikings trailed the Bulldogs, 5-4, going into the bottom of the sixth inning. The hosts evened things when Devon Goelz, on second via a hit by pitch and Mitch Hughes single, stole third, then advanced home after an error by the catcher. Following a flyout by Austin Hale, Spahr put Huntington North in front with a double that plated Hughes.

Spahr then put the exclamation point on his complete game performance by retiring New Haven's batters in order, helping Huntington North improve to 4-2.

The junior allowed seven hits and only one earned run while striking out five to earn his first victory of the season.

Coach Brian Abbott's squad led 2-0 after the first inning, but the Bulldogs responded four times in the second to take the lead. The Vikings tied things up at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the third before a solo tally in the sixth gave New Haven its 5-4 advantage.

Spahr finished with a base poke and two runs batted in. Austin Eltzroth matched Spahr's production and Huntington North finished with seven hits. Goelz and Hughes each scored a pair of runs.

Travis Crowe and Nick Vachon shared pitching duties for the Bulldogs. Crowe tossed the first three frames, surrendering two hits and four earned runs before getting spelled by Vachon, who gave up five base pokes and two earned runs to take the loss.

New Haven, 3-7, finished with seven hits.