Vikings forge twinbill split with Bearcats

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team followed a 3-1 loss to host Muncie Central with a 4-2 victory to forge a doubleheader split with the Bearcats on Saturday, May 3.

In game two, senior Derek Snyder banged out three hits, drove in a run and scored a run to help the Vikings pick up their 11th win against four losses and even their record in the North Central Conference at 1-1.

Sophomore Logan Green supplied two of Huntington North's nine base pokes while seniors Mitch Hughes, Walker Spahr and Alex Easley each added a hit and a run batted in.

The teams traded solo tallies in the first inning before Muncie Central went up 2-1 after the second. That lead held until the bottom of the fourth when Easley doubled home junior Blake Gray, who reached base on a walk, and sophomore Thomas Parker, pinch running for Green after a single, scored on an error by the second baseman to give the Vikings a 3-2 advantage. Hughes tacked on an insurance tally for the visitors in the sixth when he plated Snyder, who reached on a single, with a one-bagger of his own.

Junior Caleb Landrum went the distance on the mound for Coach Brian Abbott's squad, striking out five while limiting the Bearcats to five hits and a pair of earned runs to improve to 3-0.

The Vikings let a 1-0 lead through five innings slip in game one when Muncie Central scored three times in the bottom of the frame to go in front. The Bearcats then held Huntington North hitless the remainder of the contest.

Jordan Poore handled pitching duties for the hosts, notching five strikeouts while scattering four hits and an earned run across seven innings to earn the victory.

Goodrich went six innings for Huntington North, allowing five hits and three earned runs while striking out five to get tagged with the loss, his first against two wins.