High School Softball
Northgate opens busy week with back-to-back wins
Northgate's softball team opened a busy week at home by rolling off consecutive wins over Newnan and Drew over consecutive days.
The Lady Vikings held off the Lady Cougars 5-2 on Monday before resuming Region 4-AAAAA play by blanking the Lady Titans 5-0 in a game called after five innings.
Just as quick, Northgate hosts another in-county rival tonight at 5:55 p.m., in a showdown against 9-1 East Coweta. The Lady Indians are coming off Monday's 3-1 victory over Woodstock.
On Tuesday, Northgate scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings and pushed two across in the fifth to end the game by mercy rule while also taking advantage of seven Drew errors.
In Monday's win against Newnan, the Lady Vikings jumped out front with four runs in the bottom of the first and added one more in the third. Newnan cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the second.
Kaitlin Bailey and Hadlee Lewis shared the pitching duties in both games to help the Lady Vikings push their record to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 4-AAAAA.
On Monday aga inst Newnan (3-4), Bailey started and pitched five innings, striking out five, walking one and allowing four hits. Jessica Houk finished with two RBIs and Regan Kinsch also drove in a run. Lewis pitched two hitless innings, striking out two and walking two.
The Lady Vikings also scored two unearned runs against Lady Cougars' senior starter Tori Loveless, who struck out two and walked two in a losing effort. Newnan returns to action today at Pike County.
C h a s i t y Me a d ows accounted for both of Newnan's runs with an RBI double.
On Tuesday against Drew, Lewis gave up two hits and struck out one before giving way to Bailey, who added three strikeouts in a hitless relief effort.
Kyra Long and Jessica Cochran drove in runs in the victory.
MONDAY'S GAMES EAST COWETA 3, WOODSTOCK 1: The Lady Indians picked up a solid pitching performance by Morgan Goree, who struck out nine and walked two while going the distance.
The Lady Indians overcame three errors and a seventh- rally attempt by Woodstock to preserve the win.
East Coweta outhit Woodstock 9-2, with its biggest coming on Shemiah Sanchez' three-run Madison Carter and Katey Lynch, who returned to the starting lineup from an injury, each had two hits each for East Coweta. Carter and Ashlyn Gunter each added stolen bases in the win.
TUESDAY'S GAMES TRINITY CHRISTIAN 8, LAGRANGE ACADEMY 4: On the road, the Lady Lions added their second win over LaGrange to open the season. Heather Long struck out four for Trinity and added a two-run hit in a five-run fifth inning that opened a 6-0 lead. Ansley Hall also had one of her two RBIs in the rally.
Abigail Bryan added an RBI double in the sixth.
Trinity opened its season last week with a 13-2 win over LaGrange in five innings.
Northgate held off Newnan 5-2 in Monday's clash between county softball rivals. The Lady Vikings host East Coweta (9-1) tonight at 5:55 p.m.
PHOTO BY MATTHEW KISH