The Northgate Lady Vikings finished as the runners-up at the Region 5-AAAAAA softball tournament after losing to Alexander 11-8 in the championship and will enter the state tournament next week as the No. 2 seed.
The official bracket will be released once all the Class AAAAAA region tournaments are complete, but the Lady Vikings will open the best-of-three series at home.
Northgate came out of the losers bracket to play its way into the championship contest before losing to Alexander.
It was the second time the two teams played in about 24 hours.
After beating the Lady Cougars 5-2 on Wednesday, the two teams played again in a one-game showdown for all the region bragging rights on Thursday.
Northgate dug down deep during the region tournament to rally its way through the losers bracket.
After falling to South Paulding 5-3 on the first day of the tournament, Northgate beat Douglas County 17-0.
From there, they kept winning, defeating South Paulding 9-1 in the rematch and Alexander 5-2 in eight innings to set up Thursday’s second contest.
Both teams took turns exchanging the lead in the championship contest.
After each team scored once in the first inning, the Lady Vikings pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the third and grabbed a 4-1 lead.
It didn’t last long as Alexander scored five more times in the fourth for a 6-4 lead.
The Lady Cougars extended the lead to 11-4 in the top of the fifth, but Northgate kept fighting its way back.
After scoring twice in bottom of the fifth and sixth, the Lady Vikings cut the lead to 11-8, but that would be all the scoring for either team.
In the region title game, Northgate’s Liz Sebastian and and Alexis Brandon had three hits and two RBIs to pace the Lady Vikings’ offense.
Ashley Kent and Charla Echols also had two hits for Northgate.
Sebastian led the way with two doubles.
Northgate used three pitchers as Alissa Bolinger, and Sasha Morawietz both had a strikeout. Madison Lump also pitched three innings for the Lady Vikings.