Braves split a pair with Vikings

    HUNTINGTON—The Bellmont varsity baseball team administered the first loss of the season to the Huntington North Vikings, a team ranked third in the state in class 4A, on Saturday with a 3-1 triumph in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader.
    After being nipped 2-1 in the opening contest, Bellmont rebounded with a strong five-hit, complete game performance from Matt Chronister to split the day. The Bellmont defense sparkled behind Chronister turning three double plays, including a game-ender that stopped a last gasp Huntington charge.
    The loss dropped Huntington North to 11-1 while Bellmont improved to 7-3.
    Trailing by two in the bottom of the seventh, the Vikings had runners on first and second with one out when Kendall Whitman drilled a line shot but it was snared by first baseman Nick Fuelling on a driving grab near the line. Fuelling then whirled and threw to second base to complete the DP before the runner could return to the bag.
    "I have nothing but praise for the way these guys came out and competed today. They knew they could compete with this team (Huntington North) and every other team. This proved it. I'm very confident in this team and I think they are too. Morale was at an all-time high today and it was a great day for anyone watching because they saw two fantastic baseball games," noted Bellmont coach Ben Fawbush.
    Bellmont returns to action this week hosting Columbia City and Woodlan on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively (both games at 6 p.m.) and then travels to Norwell for another NHC battle at 5 p.m. Thursday.