High School Softball
Lady Vikings roll past Mundy’s Mill 12-0
It might be early, but the Northgate Lady Vikings softball team appears to be taking control of the Region 4-AAAAA standings.
After knocking off region foe and defending Class AAAAA state champion Union Grove last week, the Lady Vikings ce rolled past opponent Mundy’s Mill 12-0 in a game called after three innings on Tuesday at home.
Northgate (6-2, 2-0) scored three runs each in the first two innings, and added six more in the bottom of the third en route to the mercy-rule victory on a day where the Lady Vikings got a chance to showcase their depth with most starters watching from the bench.
Haley Flood picked up the win, allowing just one hit, striking out six and walking one en route the victory on the mound.
The Lady Vikings batted just three times during the shortened region contest, but pounded out eight hits.
Second baseman Jessica Cochran drove in six runs during her 2-for-3 performance.
Her single in the bottom of the first inning accounted for two runs to help jump start the Lady Vikings’ potent bats.
First baseman MacKenzie McCloud finished the game 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
Leadoff hitter Jessica Houk and Kyra Long each had a single and a RBI.
After Northgate’s first-inning explosion, it added three more runs in the bottom of the second and six in the bottom of the third.
The Lady Vikings took a 4-0 lead when Houk delivered a one-out single to score Kat Davenport in the second.
Northgate loaded the bases in the bottom of second and produced two more runs when Carly Alderman and Raegan Kinish reached on an error off the bat of Cochran and later scored.
Northgate’s scored six runs in the bottom of the third with two out.
After Cook and Davenport each advanced with a base hit, Lauren DeLoach moved them over with a sacrifice bunt.
Back-to-back walks in the inning with the bases loaded helped the Lady Vikings start the third inning scoring and gave the team a 7-0 run.
With the bases loaded Kyra Long singled to score Davenport.
Cochran then came through with one of the big hits of the inning and single to bring home both Houk and Kinsh.
But the big blow of the inning came with McCloud’s bases clearing triple to score both pinch runner Ebonee Echols and Cochran.
Mundy’s Mill ended the contest quickly in the fourth inning, going down in order, including two on strikeouts by Flood.
Northgate’s fielding has been nearly flawless most of the season. After playing error-free softball against Union Grove in its last outing, the Lady Vikings against displayed solid fielding, committing no errors against the Lady Tigers.
Northgate returns to region play Thursday when it travels to Ola for a contest against the Lady Mustangs.
Ola enters the contest with a 6-1 record and a 1-0 mark in Region 4-AAAAA play.
The Lady Mustangs only loss so far this season came against East Coweta.