High School Baseball
Vikings rout Creekside to close regular season
Northgate warmed up for the Class AAAAA state playoffs with a bit of batting practice against Creekside on Friday in a 19-0 victory in Fairburn.
The Vikings pounded the winless Seminoles for 12 hits, scoring seven times in the third before scoring 11 runs to put the game away in the top of the fifth.
Chase Dees went 2-for-2 with 5 RBIs while making the most of his only two at bats of the game. Entering in the fifth, he belted a three-run homer on his first trip to the plate and then added a two-run double to close the Viking scoring in the inning.
Northgate, which finished the regular season as the No. 3 seed out of Region 4-AAAAA, took advantage of six walks in the fifth inning.
In all, Creekside committed eight errors that accounted for 13 unearned runs by the Vikings.
Chase Evans went 2-for-2 with a walk, 2 RBIs and two runs scored for Northgate while first baseman Angelo Rivera also went 2-for-2 with a walk. Conner Wilson went 2-for-3 with an RBI while also scoring twice.
On the mound, Viking starter Chase Allen allowed just one hit over four innings, striking out eight and walking two. Chad Green pitched a scoreless fifth despite allowing two hits, while recording a strikeout.
Vikings 19, Seminoles 0, five innings
Northgate 107 0(11) — 19 12 2
Creekside 000 00 — 0 3 8
WP — Chase Allen
LP — John Walton
HR — Chase Dees
CROWN ATHLETICS 5, TRINITY CHRISTIAN 0: While struggling at the plate against the Knights, Trinity hung into a scoreless non-region game heading into the fifth before Crown put all five of its runs across.
Freshman Jake Elrod allowed just two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings and the Lions had several chances to put runs across, loading the bases in the sixth but coming up empty.
Senior Daniel Shoates had the Lions’ only hit.
“It was a very playoff-like game,” said Trinity head coach Brian Chimelewski, who wasn’t overly disappointed with the effort. “It’s what we’re going to see in the playoffs. They’re one of the better teams we’ve faced this season.”
Trinity now heads into a key Region 1-AAA contest with The Heritage School scheduled for Tuesday. Both schools have discussed moving the game to Monday at Heritage due to impending rain, but a final decision has yet to be made.
The two rivals are battling for third place in the region.
“It all comes down to Tuesday, pretty much,” Chimelewski said.
Thursday’s late games:
HERITAGE SCHOOL 8, WEBER SCHOOL 0: On the road, Luke Smith pitched a complete-game victory for the Hawks while staying in the thick of the GISA Region 1-AAA playoff race.
The win pushed the Hawks’ record to 2-3-1 in the region while 8-5-1 overall heading into next week’s rematch at home with Trinity Christian.
Both teams are battling for third place in the region.
Smith, who went 1-for-3 at the plate, struck out six and allowed just two walks on the mound in the win over Weber.
Matthew Burns and Peyton Henson each led Heritage with three hits apiece.
Brad Macke also had two hits for the Hawks including a two-run double to open the scoring in the second inning.
Heritage jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second before adding three runs in the fourth and two in the seventh.
Trevor Henson was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.