High School Baseball

Starr's Mill ace gets better of Vikings again

by Chris Goltermann

No doubt about it. Starr’s Mill senior pitcher Ryan Avidano has Northgate’s number this season.

The 6-foot-7 lefty won his second game against the Vikings this season, pitching six shutout innings in a 10-0 victory for a Panthers team that has gained even more ground in the Region 4-AAAAA standings over the past four days.

Starr’s Mill handed Whitewater its first region loss of the season on Thursday with a 2-1 victory while now trailing the region leaders by just one game in the standings.

The loss both snapped Northgate’s seven-game win streak in 4-AAAAA, but also put further emphasis on Wednesday’s home game with Whitewater while still in the thick of the state playoff race in the region with a 9-2 record.

The Vikings remain a victory ahead of fourth-place McIntosh (11-3, 6-3) and two ahead of Ola (8-6, 5-4) but have to play both teams again on the latter half of home-and-home schedules. Northgate closes an important week of region games on Friday by hosting Ola.

Senior Armand Upshaw was the only Viking batter to post a multiple-hit game against Avidano, who struck out five and didn’t allow a walk while scattering four hits - all singles - in the victory for Starr’s Mill (12-4, 8-2).

Upshaw managed to overpower the Panthers ace as well on the mound with eight strikeouts in three innings work on the mound while getting the start. But the Viking right-hander equally struggled with his control by accounting for six of nine walks allowed by three Northgate pitchers.

Avidano retired his first eight batters before allowing a two-out single to Buddy Green.

Leading 2-0 after three innings, Starr’s Mill used a five-run fourth-inning rally to put the game out of reach with help from Adam Weisheit’s bases-clearing double.

The Panthers rally included three walks, a single and a hit batsman while sending 10 men to the plate.

Back-to-back doubles by Garrett Houston and Luke Ossanna highlighted a three-run sixth for Starr’s Mill.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN 14, GRIFFIN CHRISTIAN 3, five innings: On the road, the Lions dominated the Crusaders with an 18-hit outburst that included a 4-for-4 performance by Cole Elrod with 3 RBIs.

Daniel Shoates also drove in a pair of runs while earning the victory on the mound. The senior allowed one unearned run in three innings.

Jake Elrod went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Evan Bloom also finished 2-for-3 in the win, which pushed Trinity’s record to 6-4 overall.

The teams play another non-region game today in Sharpsburg.



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