The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting New Castle on Saturday, May 4, winning the first game 3-2 and losing the second 6-2.
In game one, a dominant pitching performance by Connor West limited the Trojans to five hits. The junior hurler threw a complete game and improved his record to 5-0, ceding one earned run and fanning 13 while walking only one.
New Castle's Michael Bear also went the distance on the mound, surrendering nine hits and three earned runs while striking out five.
The trio of runs for the Vikings, 11-3, 5-0 in the North Central Conference, came in the second inning. The Trojans bracketed that with a run in the first and another tally in the sixth, but couldn't muster enough offense against West to get over the hump.
West and Braydin Stell submitted matching 2 for 3 performances at the plate, each scoring a run and swiping two bases.
Drew Schnitz had one hit, knocking in a run.
Bear batted in a run for New Castle, 12-5, 2-3 in the NCC.
Kodi King's two pokes led the Trojans and Zak Kellogg's pair of runs were a game-high.
New Castle doubled its hit production in game two and plated one in the first inning, two in the third and fourth frames and another in the sixth.
The Vikings got heir only runs in the sixth inning.
Evan Brown collected two of the team's six hits, notching an RBI and scoring a run.
Trey Bowling singled for the team's other RBI.
Brown took the loss on the mound for Huntington North, yielding 10 hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Trey Ball got the win for New Castle.