The Northgate Vikings baseball team opened the 2017 season on the road with a 5-2 victory over Columbus Wednesday afternoon.
Last year’s Newnan Times-Herald Pitcher of the Year Nick Kempf started the game on the mound and pitched four innings of no-hit, shut-out baseball.
Patrick Ragan, Corbitt Cimadevilla and Wes Mortimer each pitched an inning of relief.
Kempf looked in midseason form during his first official outing of the year, striking out four batters. Ragan didn’t allow a hit in his one inning of work.
Cimadevilla struck out one batter and gave up one hit. Mortimer also gave up a hit.
Northgate scored two runs in the first and two in the second to take control of the game.
Leadoff hitter Chase Bevil and cleanup hitter Patrick Pitzer each drove in two runs.
Noah Ratliff, Caleb Upshaw, Jack Eskew and Charles Barrera also had base hits for the Vikings.
Northgate pushed the lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning.
Columbus put together a brief rally in the late innings when it pushed single runs across in the sixth and seventh.
The East Coweta soccer teams split their games Tuesday night against Locust Grove in a pair of non-region contests.
In girls action, the Lady Indians rolled to a 7-0 victory, while the boys team fell 2-0.
With the win, East Coweta’s girls team improved to 3-0, while the boys dropped to 0-3.
The Lady Indians were facing a Locust Grove team that went 12-4-1 in 2016 and returned all but one starter.
East Coweta kicked off its scoring frenzy with its first goal 13th-minute mark of the game from Brittany Dunavant off an assist from Emily Darnell.
Laney Steed almost immediately followed up with a goal also from a Darnell assist.
Eight minutes later, Adriana Garcia scored a goal from a Steed assist to give the Lady Indians a 3-0 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Lady Indians continued their offensive punch with Steed scoring off a Garcia corner kick just three minutes into the second half.
The Lady Indians’ flurry of offense continued as Steed scored her third goal of the game from 30 yards away on a pass from Haley Cox. Dunnavant scored her second goal of the game a minute later creating a 6-0 lead.
Anna Painter finished the scoring frenzy with just over 14 minutes left for the Indians’ seventh goal of the game.
Defensively, senior goalie Sam Hoffman finished the game with seven saves.
In the boys game, East Coweta couldn’t contain Locust Grove’s Aaron Whitten, who scored both of his team’s goals.
East Coweta goalkeeper Brian Green made 18 saves for the Indians.