The Huntington North High School varsity softball team dropped 13 runs on visiting Marion in the fourth inning of their contest on Wednesday, May 1, trouncing the Giants for the second-straight game, 19-3.
The Lady Vikings, 12-1, 4-0 in the North Central Conference, beat Marion on the road 17-5 in their previous game.
A grand slam by Tori Newsome spotlighted Huntington North's huge fourth inning. Huntington North already led 6-0 after plating four in the first and two in the second and the scoring barrage guaranteed a Lady Viking victory.
Kaylynn Rosen paced Huntington North with a 2 for 4 showing at the plate, five runs batted in and three runs scored. Newsome supplied a quartet of RBI to the team's cause with the grand slam and Erin Rethlake added two.
Alyssa Hiple had the team-high in hits with three, including a triple, and Maddi Kennedy led the squad with four runs, followed by Rethlake's three and Hiple's two.
Marion, 2-9, 0-3 in the NCC, plated three in the fifth inning off reliever Mikayla Gray to avoid the shutout. Tahlor Mills had a hit and an RBI for the Giants.
Rethlake pitched a no-hitter through four innings for the Lady Vikings, striking out eight, and has not allowed a run in her last seven appearances.
Gray relieved Rethlake in the fifth, ceding three hits and three runs, all earned.
Ari Reynold got tagged with the loss for Marion, giving up five hits, six runs, three earned, in three innings.
Kayla Endsley faced Huntington North in the fourth inning and surrendered seven hits and the 13 runs, eight of them earned.