Lewis Cass’ baseball team suffered its first setback of the season with a 3-2 loss at Huntington North on Thursday.
Kyle Dwiggins hit a two-run home run for the Class 2A No. 7 Kings (3-1) in the fourth inning. He later doubled.
But the Vikings scored two runs in the first and one more in the third and were able to hold on despite being outhit 5-4 in the contest.
“We thought we turned a double play with one out but they called the runner safe at first which allowed them to score their third run,” Marschand said. “It turned out to be the winning run.”
Jake Wilburn, Ryan Bixler and Jake Miller each added a base hit for the Kings.
Kory Goodrich went the distance for the Vikings, allowing two runs on five hits.
“He threw a lot of strikes. We had five or six called third strikes and you can’t have that. You’ve got to be aggressive and guard the plate and swing the bat.”
As was the plan going in, the Kings used four different pitchers in the game. Dakota Hammond started and Josh Rankert took the loss in relief. Hunter Clark and John Hartley each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
“Our guys threw strikes and we had plenty of chances to win. We just couldn’t get the key hit,” Marschand said.
Connor West had a single and double and Devon Goelz added a pair of singles for the Vikings’ four hits.
“We played against a 4A school, an NCC school, and we need to play those type of games to get better. We did compete and it could have went either way,” Marschand said. “Overall it showed we could compete with whoever.”
The Kings travel to Indianapolis Covenant Christian at 10 a.m. Saturday. They will later play Speedway that day.