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



More Sports

High School Football

Cougars expect challenge in opener at Carrollton

Newnan head football coach Mike McDonald can’t be accused of scheduling lightweights to open the season, especially not this year. Whe ... Read More


Lions look to make adjustments in time for Flint River

By CHRIS GOLTERMANN cgoltermann@newnan.com Success in high school football, whether week-to-week or minute-to-minute, is all about adjustm ... Read More


High School Softball

Newnan holds off Pike County 3-1

Newnan’s softball team held off Pike County on the road Wednesday in a 3-1 victory that evened the Lady Cougars’ record to 4-4. ... Read More


Local Racing

Points champion to take over as track promoter

Despite clinching his second consecutive points title on Saturday, Fayetteville driver Glenn Morris already had a reason to come back to Sen ... Read More


Lutz boots game winner to lead Georgia State to win in opener

ATLANTA – Northgate graduate Wil Lutz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining to help Georgia State beat Abilene Christia ... Read More

High School Volleyball

Landmark holds off Newnan in sweep; Lady Cougars split tri-match

Newnan volleyball coach Leslie Fant was expecting a sweep Tuesday evening. Instead, she had to settle for a split as her squad dropped its f ... Read More