High School Baseball

Vikings pick up key win over McIntosh

FAYETTEVILLE—Northgate’s baseball team might be picking the perfect time to go on a winning streak.

The Vikings earned their third straight Region 4-AAAAA victory on Wednesday — and maybe their most dramatic — beating McIntosh 3-2 on the road.

Northgate improved to 6-7 overall and 5-2 in region action. McIntosh dropped to 8-3 and 3-3.

The Vikings scored two runs in the first and one in the second and then held off the Chiefs behind the pitching of starter Blake Whitney who went the distance, allowing only five hits.

The Chiefs cut into the Vikings lead in the fourth when leadoff hitter Andrew Johnson ripped a two run homer to trip Northgate’s margin to 3-2.

From there, pitching and defense did the rest of the Vikings, as Whitney retired his final 12 batters in order.

Northgate got plenty of support from Andrew Burden and Armand Upshaw who led the Vikings’ hit parade with two hits each.

Burden reached on a fielder’s choice and scored the only run in the top of the first on Jordan Schmits’ sacrifice fly to centerfield to give the Vikings the 1-0 lead.

Upshaw then came through in the second inning with a single to drive in both Jonathan Hamilton who singled, and James Poropatic who was hit by a pitch.

Hamilton led the Vikings offense with three hits. Poropatic and Connor Wilson also poked base hits for Northgate.

Trey Walters had two hits for McIntosh and scored ahead of Johnson on his two-run homer.

Northgate as a chance to move its overall record to .500 today against Union Grove when the Vikings host the Wolverines in a makeup game from Monday. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

VIKINGS 3, CHIEFS 2

Northgate 120 000 0—3 10 0

McIntosh 000 200 0—2 5 0

WP — Blake Whitney








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