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Vikings honor former teammate Alex Cawood with Creekside victory


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  • Mar. 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Vikings honor former teammate Alex Cawood with Creekside victory

The Newnan Times-Herald

The Northgate Vikings rolled to a 12-4 victory over Creekside Friday night in a Region 5-6A contest at home against Creekside.

In addition to the region victory that helped improve the Vikings record to 13-4 overall and 6-1 in region play, it was a special night for the Northgate baseball community as it honored former All-County pitcher Alex Cawood.

Cawood has been undergoing treatment for Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that was found on his spine.

“It’s going real well,” Cawood told Coweta Score, who had the support of more than a handful of teammates from Northgate’s Class of 2018 on hand while being honored in his recovery. “They’re really impressed with the progress that I’ve made so far.”

Just like last year against Creekside, the Vikings were forced to rally after spotting the Seminoles two runs in the top of the first.

The Vikings battled right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning and scored four times in the second to take a 6-2 lead.

After Creekside cut the lead to 6-4 with two runs in the top of the fifth, the Vikings put the game away with six insurance runs in the fifth.

Ryder Willard picked up the win for the Vikings, throwing five innings and striking out eight.

Dalton Brooks struckout two in two innings of relief.

The Vikings out hit the Seminoles 12-4.

Connor Mask and Shawn Ragan each had doubles.

Sam Jennings led the way with three triples.

Mask, Ragan and Elliott Vickery each had two RBIs.

The two teams play again Monday afternoon at Creekside. The first pitch is set for 5:55.

East Coweta rolls past Wheeler: The Indians scored early and often and rolled to a 10-0 Region 2-7A victory in a game called after five innings.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead after the first inning but then scored multiple runs after that, pushing two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings.

East Coweta also exploded for three runs in the bottom of the fifth two win the game by mercy rule.

J.J. Freed struckout three and needed just 40 pitches to get the win.

William Kelley led the way with three RBIs and Jeff  Sangster and Ryan Dyal had two.

East Coweta improved to 13-5 overall and 7-0 in the region.

Cougars’ winning streak snapped: Newnan had a five-game win streak snapped by a St. Thomas Aquinas team that carried an 8-1 record across the state line.

 

The Cougars fell 7-5 after striking twice to pull within a run in the bottom of the fifth.

 

Jaxon O’Neal, who will start one of next week’s two games against East Coweta, pitched into the third while striking out five and allowing two earned runs on five hits.

 

Woody Waters and Thomas Collins stayed hot atop Newnan’s order despite swapping spots again. Waters went 2-for-4 while back in the leadoff spot, while Collins was 3-for-4 with an RBI double that pulled the Cougars to within 6-4 during a two-run fifth inning rally.

 

Newnan and East Coweta will renew their rivalry on Tuesday at the Cougars’ Joe Pope Field with first place in the region on the line.

 

Both teams are undefeated in the region.

  

Hawks win close region game:  The Heritage Hawks turned Friday night’s game against Dominion Christian into a home run derby, belting four out of the park en route to a 9-7 victory.

 

William Bryant, Jacob Rochester, David White and Jon Jon Williams all got into the long-ball act for Heritage.

 

Bryant led the way with three RBIs and David White had two.

 

White picked up the win from the mound striking out six.

 

Jon Jon Williams picked up the save.