West's homer, 5 RBI in second game lead Vikings to split on diamond

Joey West.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Joey West hit a home run and knocked in five runs to lead the Huntington North High School baseball team to a 14-3 second game romp and split of its doubleheader with Muncie Central at Huntington North on Saturday, May 2.

Taylor Harris went 4 for 4, scored three runs and knocked in two as the Vikings banged out 13 hits to up their record to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the North Central Conference.

The Vikings lost the opener 3-1.

Playing as the visitors in the second game, HNHS jumped off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and then piled on four more in both the second and third innings. West accounted for five of those runs with a three-run dinger in the second and a two-run single in the third.

Nick Miller threw four innings of three-hit ball to get the win for HNHS and up his record to 2-0.

Miller also had two hits, as did Jamon Hammel and West. Billy Ray scored three runs.

Harris and Hammel led off the second game with singles, and error by Muncie Central later brought both Vikes home. Miller's single later knocked home Andrew Doctor, who reached on the Muncie Central error.

Ray's one-out double got the Vikings rolling in the second inning. Harris plated him with a single, and Hammel got another base knock. Following a wild pitch and a ground out, both runners rode home on West's homer.

The Vikings' four runs in the third came on a sacrifice fly by Hammel, a Brett Wiley single and West's two-run single.

The Vikings added two more runs in the fourth, Ray getting a bases-load walk to produce one run and Harris later doubling him home. The final run came in the fifth on a walk, steal and error.

In the first game, Muncie Central pitcher Hall kept the Vikings off the scoreboard in all but the fifth inning on his way to a complete game, and he was also the hitting star of the contest, collecting two of the Bearcats three RBI.

Muncie Central reached losing pitcher West Carroll, 3-3, for two runs in the third on a two singles, a double and two walks. Central added a third run in the fifth off reliever Ray, but the Vikings could only muster their solo tally in the fifth. Miller walked, Kyle Barr hit into a force out but wound up at third after an error and scored on a sac fly by Harris.