The Northridge High School baseball team is having a season that was years in the making.

The Northridge High School baseball team is having a season that was years in the making.

The Vikings, 14-2 overall before playing Worthington Christian on April 19, were ranked second in last week's district coaches poll, behind Bloom-Carroll.

"This is something that is very deserving to both the kids and the district," said second-year coach Jeff Wilson, whose program went 8-15 last season and 5-20 in 2010. "We have won 14 games (before April 19) and that's already more games than we won for the last (two) seasons combined, and we're only halfway through the season.

"It's nice to see that other people have noticed the progress we are making. We're hoping to use this to propel ourselves to bigger and better things."

The Vikings were 6-2 in the MBC before playing East Knox on April 20. They were one game behind league-leading Utica, which was 7-1. Northridge handed the Redskins their only league loss, 5-3 on April 13.

"We knew coming into the season we had a chance to be good, but we start several freshmen, so we never thought we'd be 14-2 at this point," Wilson said. "The freshmen are growing up very fast and they really should be a force here in the future."

Freshmen for the Vikings include Nick McConnell (P), Clay Nicks (OF/P), Matt Simmons (C), Tate VanFossen (2B/P), Brad Wilson (SS/P) and Greg Wilson (OF/P).

It was a senior who stepped forward April 16 in a 5-4, nine-inning win over Johnstown-Monroe. Brandon Hull tripled with one out in the ninth, forcing Johnstown pitcher Hunter Cecil to intentionally walk Storm Strout and Greg Wilson to load the bases. Stephen Peters grounded to second base, but Hull was able to slide under the catcher's tag to score the winning run.

"Brandon had nine pitches and fouled some off before taking the ball to right field," coach Wilson said. "Brandon was our offensive MVP last year, but he has struggled a little bit early in the season. He has started to see the ball better over the past few games."

Strout had two singles and Hull had a single to go with his triple. Jerrad Carr also had a triple for the Vikings.

Ross Wilson started and went three innings, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Brad Wilson went the final six innings, striking out four while giving up four walks and three hits.

"(Cecil) did a pretty good job against us, holding us to 10 hits," coach Wilson said. "We have been averaging 14 or 15 hits in seven-inning games."

•The softball team defeated Danville 4-0 on April 17, avenging a 5-0 loss to the Blue Devils on April 2 in the MBC opener.

"It was a much different game this time," said coach Bobbi Jones, whose team was 8-4 overall and 7-1 in the MBC before playing East Knox on April 20. "We had five errors the first time we played and didn't hit the ball. This time we didn't have any errors and were able to capitalize on things."

Not that the Vikings needed to do much with Kassi Davison in the circle. The junior tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and five walks. Northridge scored three times in the sixth inning, with Kara Barclay driving in a pair of runs. Megan Hatfield had two hits.

Jones said her squad was trying to become the first Northridge team in any sport - both boys and girls programs - to win three consecutive league titles.

"We were so pumped up at practice (April 18) and they were still high from the big win," Jones said. "But we still have to play the rest of the league (since the Danville game began the second round of league play). We still have a lot of tough games remaining."

The Vikings completed the first round of their MBC schedule by defeating Johnstown 3-2 on April 16. Faith Hiser hit a two-run home run in the fourth to secure the victory for Kimber Hazlett, who struck out 13.

"We only had four hits against Johnstown. They really came out and played well against us," Jones said. "We just need to keep the momentum going and continue building our confidence."