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Northgate wins, Trinity falls short


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 12, 2018 - 3:24 PM


Northgate made brief work of Creekside in a Region 5-6A victory on Tuesday at home where the Lady Vikings used seven hits and seven Creekside errors for a 17-0 blowout that lasted three innings.

Alissa Bolinger retired all nine batters she faced on strikes in a perfect game effort that needed just seven pitches more than the minimum to complete.

She also went 2-for-2 with a home run and 4 RBIs to lead Northgate’s offense.

The Lady Vikings also received triples from Audrey Baxter and April Jernigan in the victory, with Baxter going 2-for-2.

Jernigan’s hit came with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to put Northgate out front 5-0.

The Lady Vikings’ first eight batters, beginning with Baxter’s leadoff triple, reached base in an 14-run outburst that had Northgate batting around twice.

LADY LIONS DODGE WEATHER, BUT NOT HOLY INNOCENTS

Trinity Christian School’s softball team was able to dodge the weather on Tuesday, unlike some other folks  in Sharpsburg who had to further delay an anticipated showdown due to storm clouds that lingered just miles away at East Coweta High.

But the Lady Lions struggled to get a hold on Region 5-A opponent Holy Innocents in a 9-4 loss.

Despite Trinity rallying back from an early 5-0 hole after at least a 30-minute weather delay and closing to within a single run to stay within range for the majority of the contest, the Lady Bears scored four times in the top of the seventh to pull away.

The loss dropped Trinity to 2-2 and into a three-way tie with ELCA and Mount Vernon for third place, while Holy Innocents moved into a tie for second with Landmark Christian.

Unbeaten and state-ranked Wesleyan (12-1, 4-0) continues to have a two-game advantage for first place, with six schools including Mount Vernon all in contention for state-playoff berths.

Holy Innocents build a 1-0 lead without a hit in the first inning before Tuesday’s rain, which completely washed out Newnan and East Coweta just a skip down the road.

When teams returned at Trinity, the Lady Bears put together four more runs in the second, all of which came with two outs. A two-run double was followed by an infield error that plated two more runs for Holy Innocents (8-3, 3-2).

The Lady Lions (6-7, 2-2) stormed back in the third, however, to close to within 5-4 on a rally that began with leadoff singles from Jordan Boyd and Claire Carson.

A throwing error plated both runners before Kendall Wells and Emily Ritchey connected on consecutive RBI doubles.

Wells led Trinity’s offense with two of its eight hits. Ambry Lucas had a hit and a team-high 2 RBIs in the loss, which came after defeating Flint River 10-6 on Monday in Woodbury.

The Lady Lions’ 5-4 deficit against Holy Innocents held for four innings behind starting pitcher Brianna Boyd.

Boyd shook off five hits and five walks allowed to strike out seven in a complete-game effort.

Trinity hosts Landmark Christian today.