High School Baseball
Vikings Whitney, Poropatic compete in Georgia Dugout Club All-State event
by Chris Goltermann
The 2014 high school baseball may be over and done, but the accolades for county players haven’t stopped.
Last weekend, Northgate seniors James Poropatic and Blake Whitney competed as members of the Southwest Region team in this year’s Georgia Dugout Club Senior All-State Games held at Golden Park in Columbus.
A total of 96 seniors were selected from four regional areas for the showcase event held Friday and Saturday. Teams played three games in round-robin play over two days. The event also included a Home-Run Derby and a banquet featuring Hugh Buchanan, former Parkview High head baseball coach and current Braves scout.
Whitney finished the season with a 3-3 record and a 3.29 ERA while pitching a season-high 51 innings for the Vikings this spring. He pitched four scoreless innings against eventual Class AAAAA state champion Houston County in Game 1 of a first-round best of three playoff series.
One of Whitney’s three victories came in a complete-game effort in a 3-2 win over rival McIntosh.
Poropatic, a starting outfielder for a Northgate team that finished 16-12 overall, batted .347 with 19 RBIs in his final varsity season while making a team-high 101 plate appearances atop the Vikings batting order. The senior center-fielder also led the team in runs with 29.
HERITAGE, TRINITY PLAYERS EARN POSTSEASON HONORS: Heritage School senior Brian McKinney was selected to play in Saturday’s GISA Senior All-Star Game at Mercer University. McKinney will represent the Hawks on the Class AAA team against players from AA/A schools.
Heritage sophomore outfielder Brad Macke was named to the GISA All-State Team while McKinney and Luke Smith were also honored as All-Region players.
Trinity Christian also had three All-Region players from 1-AAA. They included senior shortstop Daniel Shoates, infielder Devin Colburn and pitcher Cole Elrod.
Elrod and Macke were selected to the Newnan Times-Herald All-County Baseball Team, which was announced in Sunday’s edition.
The GISA Baseball Coaches Association announced the All State and Senior All Star Teams from all three classifications this morning. Brad Macke was selected to the AAA All State Team. Teams that won a round of the state playoffs where allowed a selection for each series won. He was one of ten players selected at large from the entire state. Brian McKinney was selected to play in the Senior All Star Game which will be held at Mercer University on June 7, 2014. Brian will represent the AAA Team which will play the AA/A Team. Congratulations to these student athletes.