High School Baseball
Vikings rout Forest Park; Indians lose pitcher’s duel
Northgate may have needed a game like Monday’s to let off a bit of steam during what has been a tough start to the 2014 season.
The Vikings pounded Forest Park for 15 runs on nine hits and starting pitcher Buddy Green allowed two walks and nothing else in a 15-0 blowout of the Panthers in three innings at home while opening Region 4-AAAAA play.
Chase Allen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to go with Green’s no-hitter as Northgate improved its record to 3-5 overall and 1-0 in 4-AAAAA.
The Vikings took advantage of nine walks between a pair of Forest Park pitchers including a pair to open the bottom of the first inning while building a 3-0 lead with help from an RBI single from Allen.
Northgate then sent 13 men to the plate in the second after getting a double play to erase one of two Forest Park baserunners in the top-half of the inning. The Vikings padded the lead with five more hits including a two-run single from Armond Upshaw and RBI hits from Jonathan Hamilton and Green during a nine-run rally.
The hosts then forced the mercy rule with three final runs in the bottom of the third off two hits, three walks and a Forest Park error.
Leadoff hitter James Poropatic reached base in all four of his at bats with a hit and a walk while Blake Helton had a hit and two walks in three at-bats.
The Vikings return to 4-AAAAA play on Wednesday at home against Starr’s Mill, which shut out East Coweta 2-0 on Monday.
STARR’S MILL 2, EAST COWETA 0: A pair of Indian hurlers were outstanding, as Austin Bellamy and Dalton Chocallo combined to allow just one earned run on five hits combined.
But Panthers starter J.D. Masters was well … masterful in his own right in a complete-game shutout victory.
Neither lineup finished with an extra-base hit as East Coweta fell to 3-3 following its third consecutive loss to a lineup from Fayette County.
Starr’s Mill, coming off last year’s trip to the Class AAAAA semifinals, continued to showcase its pitching depth while improving to 4-2 while heading into Wednesday’s Region 4-AAAAA opener at Northgate.
On Monday, Masters yielded four hits in a dominating performance for the Panthers where 60 of his 90 pitches through seven innings went for strikes. The former JV standout for Starr’s Mill didn’t face more than four batters in any inning while striking out seven.
East Coweta had its chances, however. The Indians stranded two runners in the first and left at least one in each of its last five at bats.
Starr’s Mill struck for lone runs in the top of the first and then the third while making the most out of strong efforts from Bellamy and Chocallo.
Held to just two innings, Bellamy’s lone mistake was a leadoff single to Patrick Mullins to begin the game. A sacrifice, a steal of third and a groundout eventually gave the Panthers an early 1-0 lead.
East Coweta responded in its first at-bat. Designated hitter Austin Russell reached an error but was cut down at third on a single by third baseman Matt Meyer before Masters got out of the jam with a fly to center.
Devonte Brown suffered the same fate at third for the Indians in the fifth, singling with two outs and advancing on an error before being denied another base on a Starr’s Mill relay throw.
Senior center-fielder Bryce Gemmel, who went 1-for-2, reached second following a walk in the sixth with two outs but was also left stranded.
In relief, Chocollo kept East Coweta within range by retiring the last 10 batters he faced.
He allowed two hits in the third, as Starr’s Mill added an unearned run with help from a two-out error.
East Coweta continues its non-region schedule to open the 2014 season on Friday with a trip to Troup.