Prep Baseball

Northgate tunes up for playoffs with win over Drew

by Staff Reports

The Northgate Vikings went into Thursday’s Region 4-AAAAAA regular-season finale against Drew secure in the fact they had already clinched the fourth and final playoffs spot in the region.

Still, Northgate didn’t let up against the Titans, winning the game on the road 11-1 in a game called after six innings.

The Vikings plugged away at Drew with a 10-hit performance, scoring at least one run in every inning but the fifth.

Pitcher Jonathan Fleckenstein picked up the win for the the Vikings, working five innings, striking out six and walking just two. Blake Whitney worked two innings of relief and struck out two.

Drew managed just one hit in the game.

Connor Wilson drove in two runs in the second inning when he singled to score Upshaw and lead-off hitter Andrew Burden as part of a fourth-run inning.

Armand Upshaw started the scoring for the Vikings, driving in a run in the first inning to help start the scoring.

Chad and Buddy Green also had RBIs en route to the win.

Northgate also used some key base running, getting stolen bases from Blake Helton, Zach Schmidts, Upshaw, Kevin Teasley and Wilson.

The Vikings closed out their regular season with an 18-7 overall record and a 15-5 region record. Northgate won their last four games, outscoring opponents 47-7.

They will open next week’s best-of-three series against the winner of the Region 1-AAAAA.

Region 1-AAAAA plays its final league games tonight.



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