Flames hand section leader first loss of season

Northgate third baseman Drew Joyce tags out a Southside Beaver runner in a nasty loss to the Beaver County team the day before the Flames handed section leader Quaker Valley their first loss of the season, 6-2. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By JIM RUMBLE

It was the most impressive win for the Northgate baseball team in quite a few years when the Flames hosted Quaker Valley in section play this past Tuesday.

Bouncing back from an 18-2 thrashing by Southside Beaver the day before, Northgate turned in a solid performance to knock off section leader and the previously undefeated Quakers 6-2.

"It was a big win for us," said coach Brandon Hogle.

Pitcher Johnny Camello went the distance to earn the win, allowing eight hits, one walk and striking out four batters.

"Our pitcher played one heck of a game today keeping the ball low and our defense backed him up 100 percent today unlike yesterday," said Hogle.

"We bounced back defensively and that's exactly what I want to see from this team."

Camello was touched up for a couple of hits by Quaker Valley in the top of the first inning but Northgate was able to throw out a runner from third base before turning a double play to get out of the inning.

The Flames registered five of their seven hits in the bottom of the first on their way to a 5-0 lead.

Cam Kosak's lead off hit and a walk issued to Xavier Rowsey set things up for Matt Dombrowski, whose hit to left field gave Northgate a 1-0 lead.

Evan Helbling followed with a hit to right field to bring in a run before Camello doubled in the same direction to bring another run across the plate for a 3-0 Flames lead.

Devin Dietrich picked up an RBI with a ground out to shortstop before catcher Bryon Morris singled in a run for a 5-0 Flames lead.

Camello pitched himself out of a jam in the second inning and Morris threw out a QV runner in the top of the third to help preserve Northgate's 5 run lead.

The Flames picked up another run when they came to bat in the bottom of the third.

Camello walked to start the inning and was standing on third base with two outs when Caleb Turner's smash hit through the Quakers second baseman scored a run for a 6-0 Northgate lead.

Quaker Valley responded with a run in the top of the fourth to get on the scoreboard but Camello's strikeout to end the inning helped in limiting the damage with a QV runner stranded at second base and a 6-1 lead for Northgate.

Quaker Valley stranded a runner at third base in the fifth and had the bases loaded in the sixth but Camello came up big with a KO to retire the sides.

A fielding error by the Flames led to another run by the Quakers in the top of the seventh but Northgate was able to take care of business to preserve their 6-2 victory.

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