High School Baseball
Vikings can’t hold lead in opener, fall to Houston
WARNER ROBINS—It wasn’t the trip the Northgate baseball team had hoped for when it boarded the bus Friday afternoon for the first round Class AAAAA playoff game against Houston County .
After leading in both games, the Vikings couldn’t hold on, falling 6-5 in 11 innings in the first game and 6-3 in the nightcap
Northgate ends its season with a 16-12 record, while the Bear (21-5)s advance to the Sweet 16.
The first game will go down as the one that got away for the Vikings.
After trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Bears took a 5-4 lead
However, they were unable to close out the contest in the top of the seventh as James Poropatic doubled in the tying run for Northgate.
From there, the game turned into marathon before the Bears finally pushed across the winning run in the 11th on RBI Josh Profit’s single for the 6-5 win.
Northgate was in control of the the first game early, scoring one run in the first, two in the second and one in the fourth.
Chase Allen helped the cause early with a two-run homer in the third. Allen also homered in the second game.
Poropatic, Armand Upshaw, Conner Wilson and Blake Helton each had doubles for the Vikings the first game.
Poropatic and Allen both finished with two RBIs.
Justin Jones got the win for Houston County, pitching one inning of relief.
Chad Green took the loss for the Vikings.
Blake Whitney started the game for the Vikings and pitched six innings with five strikeouts but didn’t figure in the decision.
Jake Fromm paced Houston County with three hits and two RBIs in the first game.
Despite the loss, the Vikings outhit the Bears 15-12.
Just like in the first game, the nightcap started out in the Viking’s favor as they
scored once in the second inning, before giving up the lead in the third and tying one last time in the fourth.
The Bears took control of the game with one run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Buddy Green added RBIs in the second and fourth for the Vikings and Allen drove in the last run in the sixth with his second home of the game.
Houston County’s Hunter Phillips went the distance en route to the victory in the second contest, finishing with three strikeouts.
Three pitchers went to the mound for the Vikings, including Allen who took the loss with despite three strke outs.
Armand Upshaw had four strikeouts. Buddy Green also worked an inning.
BEARS 6, VIKINGS 5
NORTHGATE 102 100 100 00 5 15 2
HOUSTON COUNTY 000 005 0000 1 6 10 0
WP Justin Jones
LP Chad Green
HR Chase Allen
HOUSTON COUNTY 002 013 0 6 7 3
NORTHGATE 010 101 0 3 7 0
WP Hunter Philips
LP Chase Allen
HR Chase Allen