Flames lose chance at upset

By JIM RUMBLE

For most of the game against Vincentian, it seemed as though an upset was in the making when the Northgate Flames baseball team hosted the undefeated Royals last Thursday.

That all changed in the final inning, as the Flames fell in defeat, 9-2.

"A couple of errors and walks just killed us," said coach Brandon Hogle.

Northgate managed just three hits -- all of them coming in the second inning, where the Flames took the lead that lasted through the fifth inning.

"Our bats went cold," said Hogle afterwards.

Starting pitcher Johnny Camello pitched well for most of the contest but picked up the loss while surrendering four hits and striking out five batters.

Vincentian took the early lead in the top of the second inning, taking advantage of an infield hit and a fielding error by Northgate to go up 1-0.

The Flames responded in their half of the inning when George Floyd and Matt Dombrowski started with base hits to right field. Evan Helbling cleared the bases with a triple to left center field that gave Northgate a 2-1 lead. The score remained that way until Vincentian came to bat in the top of the sixth.

The Royals took advantage of a high throw to first base to get a runner on, then followed with a base on balls and a base hit to center field that brought in two runs.

Mark Lodge came in relief of Camello on the mound with the bases loaded, but was able to end the inning with the Flames trailing 3-2. Lodge gave up two runs before he was replaced by Dombrowski in the top of the seventh. Dombrowski was racked for four runs to put the final score at 9-2.

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