With the high school baseball season getting ready to hit the stretch drive next week, Northgate and East Coweta stepped out of region play Friday afternoon with the Vikings sweeping the doubleheader over the visiting Indians.
After beating East Coweta 6-0 in the first game, the Vikings rallied late in the nightcap for a 2-1 victory after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
With the sweep, Northgate improved to 17-6. East Coweta fell to 13-9.
With the second game tied 1-all in the bottom of the seventh inning, Northgate’s Connor Mask drove in coursey runner Jack Eskew with the game-winning run.
East Coweta led 1-0 after scoring the first run in second game on Keegan Rich’s solo homer in the bottom of the second.
Northgate answered right back to tie the game in the bottom of the third, scoring it’s first run of the contest without the benefit of a hit when Shawn Ragan drove in Reid Fagerstrom with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-all.
The Vikings’ were held hitless in the second game until the sixth inning when Noah Aaron reached on a base hit, but was left stranded.
Northgate’s Sam Jennings started the seventh-inning fireworks for the Vikings when he reached on a one-out hit.
Eskew came into run for Jennings and scored the game-winner when Mask ripped the 0-1 pitch to left field.
Northgate’s come-from-behind victory spoiled a solid outing from East Coweta starting pitcher Austin Bunn who flirted with a no-hitter through five innings.
Bunn worked six innings and struck out seven.
East Coweta’s Bailey Psathas led the Indians’ offense with two hits.
Northgate used two pitchers with starter Donavane Devane working four innings and striking out four and Dalton Brooks pitching five innings and striking out five.
In the first game, the Vikings and Indians battled through four scoreless innings before Northgate pushed one run across the plate in the fifth when Christian Dyer scored on a error.
East Coweta had its chances to score throughout the game, putting base runners on board in every inning but the fifth.
However, Northgate managed to find away to pitch out of the jams as East Coweta left eight base runners on board.
East Coweta nearly broke the game open in the third after Rich’s base hit moved Trevor Crowdis to third and Ryan Dyal to second, but the threat ended when Northgate turned a double play.
The Indians also put runs on the board in the top of the fourth on Jeff Sangster’s single to lead off the inning.
Caleb Cashion sacrificed Sangster to second on a bunt, but Northgate retired the final two hitters, including the final out of the inning on Alex Cawood’s strikeout.
Robert Smith started the sixth-inning fireworks for Northgate with an RBI double to score Ryder Willard and Dalton Brooks to increase the lead to 3-0.
Jennings drove in the fourth run of the game with single and Ragan capped the scoring with his single that drove in Mask and Jennings.
Cawood didn’t get a decision for the Vikings, but allowed just three hits, while striking out two and walking one.
Will Queen and Andrew Washington each pitched an inning of relief.
Queen finished with two strikeouts in the sixth, including one to start the inning and one to end the inning.
Washington pitched the seventh inning for the Vikings and also struckout a batter.
East Coweta and Northgate return to games against region opponents next week.
Northgate plays a Region 5 6-A game at New Manchester on Monday, while East Coweta plays a Region 2 7-A game at Pebblebrook.
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