The Newnan Times-Herald


Northgate grads lead LaGrange baseball team to playoffs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 17, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Top-ranked LaGrange is headed to the South Region for the Division III national tournament as announced by the NCAA.

Salisbury, Rowan, Emory, Otterbein, Roanoke and the Panthers make up the six-team regional in Danville, Va. This will be the Panthers' second NCAA appearance and first since 2010.

The Panthers (38-4), the USA South regular and tournament champion, will face Otterbein (31-12) on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Otterbein is the Ohio Athletic Conference champion. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Salisbury, Roanoke, Rowan and Emory are also in the tournament.

LC defeated Emory 9-4 during the regular season. The Panthers have faced Salisbury three times, the last meeting at the 2010 South Region. They played Rowan during the 2012 season.

Former Northgate baseball players Jonathan Fleckenstein and James Poropatic play for LaGrange.

Fleckenstein, who is a senior pitcher for LaGrange, has the lowest ERA on the team with a 1.66. He has 44 strikeouts and four walks. Poropatic is a junior outfielder who is hitting .373 with 27 RBIs.

Mack Wilkins, who played high school ball at The Heritage School, has had two appearances for Emory with five strikeouts.

The tournament continues through Sunday.