Vikings rally back from 5 down to beat Marion

Viking pitcher Braydin Stell gets ready to unleash a pitch homeward during second inning action between the Vikings and visiting Marion on Tuesday, April 30. The Vikings won 9-5.
Viking pitcher Braydin Stell gets ready to unleash a pitch homeward during second inning action between the Vikings and visiting Marion on Tuesday, April 30. The Vikings won 9-5. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the fourth inning to hang a 9-5 loss on visiting Marion on Tuesday, April 30.

Devon Goelz went 4 for 4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored to lead the Vikings, 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the North Central Conference.

Marion reached HNHS starter Braydin Stell for three runs in the second inning and got two more off of reliever Matt Hogan in the fourth before the Vikings came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth, four more runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth.

Hogan got the win, yielding two earned runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings, with a strikeout and two walks. Austin Hale picked up his second save of the season by getting the final out.

Stell had two hits and two RBI, and ran Marion ragged with four stolen bases. Evan Brown added two RBI to the HNHS cause.

HNHS had nine hits on the day, got four walks from Marion pitchers and had eight stolen bases.

Marion had 11 hits for the game, with Jason Garcia, Xavier Aguilar, Justin Segers and Jaylen Smith each having two.

The Vikings turned two double plays in the game to help their pitchers.