SOUTH WHITLEY – The Whitko Lady Wildcats led just once Tuesday night, but it was when it mattered most.

In a 5-4 high school softball victory over the visiting Huntington North Lady Vikings, Whitko rallied twice from 2-run deficits and eventually scored the winning run on a throwing error in the eighth inning.

With the game tied 4-4 after the scheduled seven innings, Huntington North threatened in the top of the eighth as Bailey Hughes reached on an error and Sydney Selvage hit a single.

After opening the frame by striking out Madi Levy, Whitko junior Emily Snep struck out Alyssa Voght and got Kodi Douglass to ground out.

Snep, who started the game at first base and pitched the final inning in relief of freshman teammate Augusta Garr, led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single off Huntington North senior Kendra Arnold.

Junior Shi Bradley followed Snep’s single by reaching on an error. Bradley laid down what would likely have been a sacrifice bunt, but the Lady Vikings committed a throwing error on the play, allowing Bradley to reach first base and Snep to advance to third.

With junior Lexi Hall at bat, Bradley attempted to steal second base and Huntington North committed a throwing error trying to get her out, which allowed Snep to score the game-winning run and extend Whitko’s win streak to seven games.

“They were like the little engine that could tonight,” Whitko coach Michele Garr said of her players, who improved their season record to 9-1. “They just kept going, and surprised me tonight, honestly.

“Huntington North is a tough team. They have a really good pitcher ... Kendra is really a great pitcher. We played a lot of ‘we ball’ tonight.”

Arnold pitched all eight innings for the Lady Vikings, giving up seven hits while striking out three and walking two.

Augusta Garr worked the first seven innings in the circle for Whitko, scattering 11 hits while giving up four runs, striking out three and walking none.

The younger Garr gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning, but settled down and found her stride.

“She settled down,” Michele Garr said of her daughter. “I think nerves got the best of her in the first inning.

“She was hitting her spots. Huntington North is a good hitting team. She was getting frustrated, and you just have to remind her that as long as you hit your spots you have a defense behind you. You just have to do your job.”

Snep was credited with the pitching win after giving up one hit and striking out two while working the eighth inning.

Macy Lange led Huntington North with three hits, while Arnold, Selvage and Douglass had two each.

Laney Shaw had the Lady Vikings’ only extra-base hit, a double in the second inning.

Snep had two of Whitko’s seven hits, including a double.

Emalee Duggins ripped a triple in the seventh inning for the Lady Wildcats, scoring Madison Smith on the play to cut Huntington North’s lead to 4-3.

A single to right by Augusta Garr plated Duggins to knot the game at 4-4.

Whitko looks to extend its win streak to eight tonight in a Three Rivers Conference game at Manchester.

“They’re gelling very well, and I’m just so proud of them right now,” Michele Garr said of her players, among whom were three freshmen in the starting lineup Monday.

“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”


HN    200    000    20    –    4

W    010    100    21    –    5

H. North – Kendra Arnold (L, 7IP, 7H, 4R, 3K, 2BB)

W – Augusta Garr (7IP, 11H, 4R, 3K, OBB), Ellie Snep (W, 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K, 0BB).

2B – Laney Shaw (HN), Snep (W)

3B – Emalee Duggins (W)

Records: H. North 3-5, Whitko 9-1