Whitewater uses 5-run fourth to streak past Northgate
The Whitewater Wildcats turned a one-run Region 4-AAAAA game through three innings into a 8-1 victory at home against Northgate Friday night.
Ahead 2-1, Whitewater broke the game open with a five-run explosion in the fourth.
The Wildcats added one more run in the fifth to close out the scoring while completing a sweep of Coweta’s three GHSA programs this season. Whitewater, coached by former Newnan assistant Rusty Bennett, stayed undefeated while improving to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in region play.
Northgate took an early one-run lead in the first following James Poropatic’s leadoff double.
However, the Wildcats added runs in the bottom of the first and second to take the lead for good when Jake Wilkinson and Taylor Turner both doubled and later scored.
Jake Lee picked up the win for the Wildcats, pitching six innings and striking out six with no walks.
The Vikings used three pitchers with starter Armand Upshaw pitching into the fourth innings and giving up seven runs, including four earned. Despite the loss, Upshaw finished with five strikeouts. Chad Green struck out two in two innings of relief and Andrew Simpson also had a strikeout in an inning of work.
The Wildcats scored five runs in the fourth inning despite getting just three hits.
However two walks and a wild pitch by Northgate kept the inning alive for the Wildcats.
Whitewater outhit Northgate 10-7.
Six players accounted for the Vikings’ offense with Angelo Rivera picking up two hits. Poropatic, Upshaw, Chase Allen, Jonathan Hamilton and Buddy Green also getting one hit each,
Tyler Burdette had a perfect day at the plate for the Wildcats with a 3-for-3 performance and an RBI. Wilkinson and Turner each added two hits each with Wilkinson adding 2 RBIs.
With the loss, Northgate dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-2 in 4-AAAAA heading into Monday’s trip to Ola (2-3, 0-1).
TRINITY CHRISTIAN QUICKLY BOUNCES BACK WITH FIRST WIN: Trinity Christian bounced back from Tuesday’s tough home loss against Stratford Academy to finally christen its new on-campus field with its first victory.
The Lions defeated Flint River 5-4 at home with sophomore Josh Henry earning his first varsity win on the mound.
Junior Cole Elrod, who pitched well in Tuesday’s opener, came on in relief for the save for Trinity (1-1). Devin Colburn had two hits and Leighton Cannon had an RBI for the Lions.
The two teams play again on Monday in Woodbury.