Vikings rally to get split with Richmond

A four-run rally in the seventh inning of the second game gave the Huntington North High School baseball team a 10-9 victory and a split of its doubleheader on Saturday, May 11, against host Richmond.

The Vikings, 13-6 overall and 7-3 in the North Central Conference, lost the opener 6-5 in eight innings. They trailed 9-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh in the second contest after Richmond scored three runs in the top half of the frame.

Richmond, 14-8 overall and 6-4 in the NCC, was up 6-1 in the fourth inning when the Vikings scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to knot the contest at 6-all.

Derek Snyder led the Vikings with three hits and three runs batted in in the winning effort, and Braydin Stell and Connor West each had two hits as the Vikings had 10 base knocks.

Quinton Smith got the win in relief for HNHS to even his mark at 3-3. Smith gave up four hits and three earned runs in 3.1 innings, with three strikeouts and four walks.

Evan Brown started and went the first 3.2 innings, giving up nine hits and six earned runs, with one strikeout and no walks.

The Vikings took the early lead in the opener, scoring two in the second and two in the third. The Red Devils notched a run in the third, one in the sixth and the tying pair in the seventh. The Vikings tallied a run in the top of the eighth before Richmond pushed across two more in the bottom of the frame.

Caleb Richison had three hits and an RBI to lead a 12-hit HNHS attack. Brown, West and Heaston Schwob each had two hits.

West went the first six innings for the Vikings, yielding five hits and two runs, none earned, with nine strikeouts and three walks. Stell went the final 1.2 and got tagged with the loss, giving up six hits, four runs, two earned, with two strikeouts and two walks.

The Vikings hurt themselves with four errors.