High School Baseball

Union Grove blanks Northgate with no-hitter

Union Grove blanks Northgate with no-hitter

MCDONOUGH - The law of gravity states what goes up, must come down. And what goes down, tends to rise back up in the Region 4-AAAAA baseball standings this year.

One day after knocking off McIntosh in eight innings, the Northgate Vikings playoffs hopes aren't totally secure.

Union Grove made sure of that with a 13-0 victory over the Vikings in a game called after five innings.

The two teams have split their meetings this season and share 11-5 Region 4-AAAAA records.

Union Grove's Shane Tucker and Cameron Williams combined to pitch a no-hitter against the Vikings. The Wolverines scored seven runs in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth to force the mercy rule.

It came on the same day that McIntosh rebounded from its loss to Northgate on Wednesday by knocking off 4-AAAAA leader Whitewater 7-3.

It allowed McIntosh to keep pace with both Union Grove and Northgate among a fierce three-team race for the final two stateplayoff berths. The Vikings have four region games remaining including today's trip to Mt. Zion-Jonesboro.

Equally, Whitewater's lead over second-place Starr's Mill was reduced to one game. The two teams close the season on April 25 at Whitewater, likely for the region crown.

Against Union Grove, the Vikings only managed three baserunners including James Poropatic's leadoff walk. After moving to second on Andrew Burden's sacrifice, he was left stranded.

Armand Upshaw walked in the fourth with one out, but also was left on base. Northgate's final baserunner, Andrew Simpson, was hit by a pitch in the fifth with one out, before Union Grove turned a double play to end the game.

Following today's trip to Jonesboro, the Vikings host Drew on Monday before wrapping up the regular season with road trips to Mundy's Mill and Drew on Wednesday and Friday.



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