FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Last year’s 4A state semifinalist Huntington North edged Jay County 1-0 in sectional softball action on Tuesday, as the Vikings punched their ticket to the sectional title game.
The Vikings will play South Side at 5 p.m. on Thursday for the sectional championship. The Archers beat Wayne 9-8 in Tuesday’s other sectional semifinal.
The game between Huntington North at Jay County was scoreless until the top of the fifth. Huntington North’s Audrey Eckert hit a grounder to short that was mishandled, allowing a hustling Alexa Hill to score from second. Huntington North almost had another run in the inning when Maddi Kennedy drove a ball off the center field wall, but Jay County would throw Eckert out at the plate.
Huntington North pitcher Erin Rethlake only needed the one run. The University of Kentucky signee threw a complete-game shutout, striking out 15.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SECTIONALS
AT DEKALB H.S.
4A: EAST NOBLE 2 DEKALB 4 (F)
4A: NORTH SIDE 0 CARROLL 12 (F)
AT HOMESTEAD H.S.
4A: SOUTH SIDE 9 WAYNE 8 (F)
4A: HUNTINGTON NORTH 1 JAY COUNTY 0 (F)
AT FAIRFIELD H.S.
3A: TIPPECANOE VALLEY 0 WAWASEE 6 (F)
3A: FAIRFIELD 4 WHITKO 0 (F)
AT ANGOLA H.S.
3A: LEO 12 GARRETT 0 (F)
3A: BISHOP DWENGER 11 ANGOLA 1 (F)
AT WESTVIEW H.S.
2A: CENTRAL NOBLE 0 BREMEN 2 (F)
2A: FREMONT 13 LAVILLE 7 (F)
AT EASTSIDE H.S.
2A: BLUFFTON 0 LAKEWOOD PARK 8 (F)
2A: EASTSIDE 8 WOODLAN 0 (F)
AT WABASH H.S.
2A: CASS 6 MANCHESTER 3 (F)
2A: OAK HILL 14 SOUTHWOOD 6 (F)
AT TRITON H.S.
1A: TRITON 10 HAMILTON 0 (F)