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Vikings up win streak to six, beat Harris Co., McIntosh

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Feb. 25, 2018 - 8:07 AM

Vikings up win streak to six, beat Harris Co., McIntosh

Anthony J. Oresteen

Alex Cawood fires to the plate during Thursday's victory over Harris County. Northgate heads into this week riding a six-game win streak after also defeating McIntosh 4-3 on Friday at home.

After dropping the first game of the season, the Northgate Vikings (6-1) baseball team has been unbeatable over the last week.

In the process, the Vikings have donned rally caps en route to their last two victories.

Thursday night, Northgate beat Harris County 5-3 with a come-from behind win. Friday the Vikings also fell behind against McIntosh, before claiming a 4-3 victory.

After spotting the Harris County two runs in the top of the first, Northgate tied the game with single runs in the bottom of third and fourth.

Despite not getting a decision, starting Northgate pitcher Alex Cawood settled down after the first inning.

'I told him what measures if you are a good pitcher or not is how you react when you are down,' Northgate head coach Todd Herrington said.

'I told him, he had to do damage control and give us a chance to get back in it.'

He was definitely listening to his head coach.

The senior right-handed didn't allow a base runner after the first inning, setting down 12 in a row. 

'I was really proud of him for the way he settled down,' Herrington said. 'He pitched really well.' 

Northgate scored three times in the inning despite getting just one hit. Will Horne was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Christian Dyer then reached on a base hit. 

Dalton Brooks, who pitched the last two innings in relief, helped his own cause, when he reached base on a error by the catcher as he was trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Horne crossed the plate on the error with the winning run, giving the Vikings a 3-2 lead. 

Northgate added two more runs in the inning. 

Connor Mask drove in Dyer with the fourth run of the game, and Brooks added the fifth run when Connor Fortner reached on an error. 

Brooks didn't allow a hit, striking out one batter. Mask led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance and an RBI. Horne also had a hit and an RBI. 

Harris County open the the game with back-to-back doubles in the first from Brandon Willoughby and Jason Wearley. 

Ross McKibbon had an RBI for the Tigers. In addition to his double, Willoughby also started the game for the mound and pitched five innings, striking out six batters and walking one. 

Northgate 4, McIntosh 3: In the victory against McIntosh, the Vikings trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but scored twice. The Vikings tied the game on Shawn Ragan's base hit to score Noah Aaron.

Northgate took the lead for good one batter later, when Dyer drove in Horne with a sacrifice fly. 

McIntosh tried to rally with two outs in the top of the seventh when when lead-off hitter Ty Butler and Ryan Sanders walked. 

Queen, who entered the game in relief, pitched out of the inning when he field a ground ball hit up the middle for the final out of the game. McIntosh managed just two hits while scoring in the second, fourth and sixth. Northgate score twice in the fourth for its first runs of the game. 

Starter Reid Fagerstrom pitched four innings for the Vikings, allowing one hit and striking out five. Andrew Washington pitched an inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. 

Queen pitched the sixth and seventh, picking up the win after pitching two innings of no-hit baseball and recording a strikeout. 

Offensively, Queen and Noah Aaron had two hits each, including a double. Will Horne also had a double. Aaron, Brooks, Ragan and Dyer each had RBIs.