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.