Prep Baseball

Northgate falls further back in region standings

by Staff Reports

Spring break couldn't have arrived any faster for Northgate's baseball team.

The Vikings continued to take a tumble in the Region 4-AAAAA standings on Friday, which was anything but "Good" after a 4-2 loss at Whitewater capped off a week where Northgate went from being tied for second place to being in jeopardy of missing out of the state playoffs.

Northgate fell to 11-6 overall and 8-4 in 4-AAAAA while now tied for third with Ola among six teams vying for four postseason berths. Whitewater improved to 9-3 in the region and is now tied with Union Grove (10-3) and Starr's Mill (9-3) for second place, one game behind McIntosh (8-2).

Two days after being shut out by Starr's Mill while managing two hits, the Vikings again struggled to find some offense, managing two runs in the third inning off three hits and little else for the rest of the game.

Like Starr's Mill, which was able to get payback against Northgate after a loss earlier in the region schedule, the Wildcats also evened the season series at one apiece after losing 5-1 on March 4 in Coweta County.

This time, Whitewater starting pitcher Jake Lee showcased his command early by striking out his first four batters in two perfect innings to open the game.

It allowed the Wildcats to take a 1-0 lead on back-to-back hits to begin the bottom of the first off Northgate starting pitcher Robert Massenburg.

The senior managed to hold Whitewater to just two hits from there, striking out nine as the Vikings grabbed their only lead with two runs in the top of the third on doubles by Carter Sheheane and Buddy Green along with a single from leadoff hitter James Poropatic. Green went 2-for-2 at the No. 9 spot in the order while Northgate's No. 2-6 hitters were a combined 0-for-14 on Friday.

Two hits, a walk and an error off Massenburg in the bottom of the third were enough for the Wildcats to regain a 4-2 lead with a three-run rally.

Northgate is off until heading to Forest Park on April 8.


More Sports

Newnan High School teacher sworn in to state board

Newnan High School (NHS) teacher Chris Swanson was officially sworn in as a member of the 10-member board of Georgia’s Teacher Retirem ... Read More


High School Baseball

EC squeaks out win in playoff primer

It was only the final night of the regular season in a non-region game that won’t count for much of anything in the standings when Eas ... Read More


GISA Soccer

Playoff losses end seasons for Trinity boys, Lady Hawks

As the GISA Class AAA state soccer tournament opened with a pair of games in Coweta County on Friday involving local teams, goals became sud ... Read More


High School Golf

Northgate advances to state sectionals

Both Northgate’s boys and girls golf teams will compete next month at their respec- tive Class AAAAA sectional events after turning in ... Read More


High School Tennis

Heritage finishes in GISA Team semifinals

Tennis lineups representing The Heritage School closed out respective seasons by reaching the semifinals of the annual GISA Team Tournament ... Read More

High School Track & Field

Whisby, Kleihauer, Haydon win region titles on day one of 3-AAAAAA meet

\Aliyah Whisby won a Region 3-AAAAAA track championship in the high jump in Thursday's field events and put herself in position to add anoth ... Read More