Vikings beat Ola for Region 4-AAAAA road win
by Doug Gorman
MCDONOUGH— Pitching came through for Northgate in a 7-2 Region 4-AAAAA victory on Monday over Ola that also included clutch hitting and solid defense.
Starter Chase Allen along with relievers Blake Whitney and Chad Green combined to give up five hits against the Mustangs, who managed lone runs in the third and fifth innings.
“We got some of our best pitching today,” said Northgate coach Greg Hamilton. “It’s always good to go on the road and get the win.”
Green pitched out of jams in all three of his innings pitched while recording strikeouts in the second and third.
Whitney struck out the side in order in the fourth while the Mustangs never could figure out Green during the final two innings. The junior struck two batters in the sixth and seventh.
Jacob Scarber took the loss for Ola.
With the win, Northgate snaps a two-game losing streak and improves its overall record to 3-7 and 2-2 in region competition. Ola fell to 2-4 and 0-2.
Northgate equally outhit the Mustangs 9-5.
Andrew Burden reached on a double, single and an error and scored two of the Vikings’ runs to help pace the offense. Jordan Schmits also had two singles and scored a run in the win.
Northgate broke the game open in the third inning sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.
Back-to-back doubles by leadoff hitter James Poropatic and Burden helped start the offensive explosion for the Vikings in the third inning.
Burden, Allen, Wilson, Jonathan Hamilton, and Buddy Green each had RBIs in the inning.
The Mustangs cut the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the third when Andrew Sarsany singled and later scored on Conner Shultnick’s sacrifice fly.
Allen prevented further damage when he recorded the final out of the inning with a strikeout.
Ola threatened to score in the first three innings, but the Vikings were able to put out the Mustangs threats with either strikeouts or solid defense.
Ola had a chance to do more damage in the bottom of the fifth, but after loading the bases and scoring just one time to cut the Northgate lead to 6-2 when Sarsany crossed the plate for the second time, the Vikings turned a double play to get out of the inning.
Northgate added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Burden reached on an error when the Ola right fielder dropped the ball allowing Burden to reach second.
Upsaw drove Burden in with a single one batter later.
Green ended the game with a two strikeouts, including one two start the inning and one to end the contest.
Northgate returns to region play on Friday at Forest Park, having defeated the Panthers 15-0 at home. Ahead next week is a 4-AAAAA showdown at home against Union Grove.
“We just one keep getting better,” Hamilton said. “We have some tough games coming up.”
VIKINGS 7, MUSTANGS 2
NORTHGATE 006 001 0—790
OLA 001 010 0—252
WP —Chase Allen
LP — Jacob Scarber