Spahr helps Vikings twinkill Bellmont


Huntington North hitter Alex Easley fouls off a bunt attempt against visiting Bellmont in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 26. Photo by Scott Trauner.

Walker Spahr had three hits in the first game and pitched a complete game six-hitter in the second as the Huntington North High School varsity baseball games down visiting Bellmont twice on Saturday, April 26, 12-6 and 9-1.

Spahr, a junior, had a pair of doubles and knocked in two runs in the opener, then held the Braves to sixth hits with four strikeouts and four walks in the second game as HNHS improved to 8-3 on the season.

Although things ended well for the Vikings, they didn't start off that way as Bellmont, which started the day at 7-0, scored four runs in the opening inning of the first game on five hits, a Viking error and a balk. The Braves added a run in the top of the second for a 5-0 lead, then Huntington North turned around its fortunes for the day by dropping an eight-run explosion on Bellmont with seven hits.

Spahr started things off with his first double and Austin Eltzroth was hit by a pitch. Following an out and a walk, Alex Easley singled in the first run, and Derek Snyder singled in two more. Devon Goelz knocked in two more with a double to left-center, Kory Goodrich walked and Mitch Hughes singled in the Vikings' sixth run. Spahr then singled for the final two tallies of the frame.

Viking hurler Caleb Landrum gave up only four more hits the rest of the way, with six strikeouts and two walks for the game as he improved to 2-0 on the season.

Goelz and Easley each had two hits and two RBI for the contest as HNHS wound up with 12 hits. Snyder alsol knocked in two runs.

The Vikings got two runs in the second inning of the second game, but Spahr threw goose eggs at the Braves until the seventh, when he gave up his lone score. By that time his Viking teammates had put up four runs in the fifth inning and another three in the sixth for a secure 9-0 lead.

The Vikings piled up 14 hits for the contest, with Snyder, Mitch Hughes, Eltzroth and Landrum getting two each. Cameron Stuttle knocked in two runs.

Hughes was a demon on the basepaths for HNHS, stealing four sacks.