Vikings, Lions, Blazers Win Regional Titles

Huntington North regional title

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Huntington North, Leo, and Eastside are all moving on to semi-state this weekend while Norwell saw its softball season come to an end Tuesday night at regionals.
Huntington North punched a ticket to semi-state by winning 4-0 at Carroll. University of Kentucky signee Erin Rethlake was dominant on the mound for the Vikings, striking out 11 while yielding just two hits in a complete game victory. Huntington North improves to 23-5 and advances to play Crown Point at semi-state this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lafayette Harrison. Carroll ends the season 26-4 overall.

In 3A action at Norwell the Knights fell to Yorktown 4-2. Yorktown’s Ashley Morrow racked up an RBI single in the first and an RBI double in the third to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead. Norwell didn’t get a hit off Grace Lumpkin until the bottom of the fifth when Alissa Hanni hit a solo shot deep to right field, cutting Yorktown’s lead to 2-1. Yorktown got the run back on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to make it 3-1, but Norwell struck again in the sixth. With two runners on Caitlin Herndon doubled to right. The lead runner scored, but the second runner – which would have been the tying run – was thrown out at the plate. Yorktown tacked on an unearned run in the top of the seventh to set the final at 4-2 and advance to semi-state. Norwell finishes the season 19-9 overall.

In 3A play at Wawasee Leo high school brought home the program’s first regional title as the Lions bested the host Warriors 3-2. The Lions improve to 24-6 on the season while Wawasee ends the year at 20-11. Leo will now face Hanover Central at 1 p.m. in semi-state action at Twin Lakes this Saturday.

Eastside advanced to semi-state with a 2-1 regional win at Bremen in regional play. The Blazers improve to 28-4 on the season. Eastside now plays Elwood at 11 a.m. Saturday at semi-state at Eastern (Greentown). provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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