Connor West and Braydin Stell combined for a three-hit shutout and Jay County fell apart in the field as Huntington North Hgih School wiped out the Patriots, 10-0, on Thursday, May 23, in opening round action at the Huntington North Baseball Sectional.
The Vikings, 17-9, will face Fort Wayne South Side on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. in the first game of the second round. Fort Wayne Wayne and Homestead, the recipients of the first round bye, will play Monday at noon in the second game. The championship game will be played at 5 p.m.
West went the first five innings for North, allowing just one hit while striking out seven and walking two, while Stell finished up with two innings of two-hit ball, with two strikeouts and one walk. Meanwhile Jay County pitchers were getting no support from their fielders as the Patriots committed 12 errors, with Huntington North scoring seven unearned runs.
Heaston Schwob led the HNHS offense with two hits and two runs batted in. Devon Goelz added two RBI.
Huntington North took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Drew Schnitz doubled to left-center and came in on the first Jay County error of the game, on a ball hit by Evan Brown. The Vikings tacked on four more runs in the third inning, with only one hit, to take a 5-0 lead.
Derek Snyder opened the inning by reaching on a Jay County error, and he promptly stole second. After Schnitz struck out, Snyder took third on a wild pitch and scored when Jay County made an error on a ball hit by Goelz. Goelz then stole second, and after Brown walked, both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Stell struck out for the second out of the frame, but Schwob plated both runners with a double to right-center field. Schwob scored on another Jay County miscue before Mitch Hughes grounded out.
The Vikings scored solo tallies in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and two more in the seventh to put the game on ice.