High School Softball
Ola beats Northgate to capture region title
STOCKBRIDGE - This was not how Northgate's No. 1-ranked softball team wanted to enter the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
But the Lady Vikings' ultimate goal still remains well in focus.
Ola got the better of its Region 4-AAAAA rivals during the final two days of this week's tournament, pulling out a 6-0 victory Friday on the heels of Thursday's one-run win in extra innings.
The Lady Mustangs (21-5-1) now head to the Class AAAAA tournament as the No. 2 seed in the region.
Northgate will open the best-of-three series at home next week.
After winning its first two tournament games, including a 3-2 triumph over Ola, the Lady Mustangs beat the Lady Vikings 5-4 in Thursday's game.
On Friday, Ola made the most of its second chance, keeping the Lady Vikings off the scoreboard. It was the first time Northgate has been shut out this year.
The Lady Mustangs outhit Northgate 11-4 and also took advantage of six errors by the Lady Vikings.
Ola took control of the game, scoring one run in the first and four in the third. The team added a run in the fourth and sixth innings.
Savannah McHellon and Juri Jordan each finished with two RBIs to lead Ola's hit parade.
Jordan Doggett also drove in a run for the Lady Mustangs.
Northgate's four hits came off the bats of Carly Alderman, Jenna Pealor, Jordan Hamilton and Emily Heath.
Northgate pitcher McKenzie Peace finished with two strikeouts. Raya Moncus picked up the win for Ola and finished with five strikeouts.