HHS beats Wayne
HUNTINGTON -- With the starters given the night off, some unlikely names showed Huntington High baseball coach Danny Harbert they can play, getting a 2-0 win over Wayne Thursday night at home.
The Highlanders even went deeper than they intended, when starting pitcher Riley Aulick went down with a leg injury after getting a fly-out from the first batter he faced in the top of the third inning.
In came senior Isaiah Settle, who kept Aulick's shutout intact while earning the win for the Highlanders.
"(Settle) did a good job of commanding the strike zone, throwing strikes and letting his defense play behind him," Harbert said. "We didn't commit any errors. They did a good job."
But an equally impressive effort came from Wayne pitcher Mikey Perry, who pitched four innings without giving up a hit or a walk, while tallying seven strikeouts. He finished the game with 10 Ks.
Huntington finally got to Perry in the bottom of the fifth, when catcher Ben Fulks led off with a double to the left center gap.
Brian Johnson came in as a courtesy runner, and reached third on a throwing error after Perry got a foul out from Ben Haikal, walked Nathan Booth and struck out Ben Gibson.
With runners on the corners, second baseman Sam Shiels stepped to the plate, and quickly got two strikes.
Then he tagged a single to the opposite field to bring Johnson in.
Shiels reached down and away to get the pitch, an area that had been a called strike all night but Huntington High batters hadn't adjusted to until that moment.
"I just had to scoot up close to the plate and wait a little longer on the ball," Shiels said.
In the top half of the next inning, Shiels made a crucial play, scooping up a grounder and tagging a runner then going to Gibson at first to turn the double play, getting the Highlanders out of the inning.
"We wanted to come out and show that we can play, too, and get a win," Shiels said.
"Sam was a leader out there today," added Harbert.
Starting shortstop and heavy bat Joey Mundy came in as a pinch hitter for the Highlanders in the bottom of the sixth, getting an insurance run by smacking a triple to bring home Conner Barebo, who had drawn a walk.
The Highlanders (13-6) play Cross Lanes Christian at home Friday at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the Jack Cook Wooden Bat Classic.
WAYNE 000 000 0 -- 0 4 3
HUNTINGTON HIGH 000 011 x -- 2 3 0
Perry and Cassidy; Aulick (3), Settle and Fulks
Hitting: (W) Williamson 2-2; (H) Shiels RBI, Mundy 1-1, 3B, RBI.