Northgate scores season’s first win

By JIM RUMBLE

After starting the season with two losses, the Northgate Flames baseball team moved into the win column with a 4-2 section win when they hosted New Brighton this past Monday.

"We had a couple of issues we had to overcome early in the game -- guys that normally don't start had to step up and play today and I'm more than happy with the turn-out," said third year head coach Brandon Hogle.

"Our defense stepped up today, plus we had some key hits," he said.

Senior pitcher Johnny Camello went the distance to pick up the win, giving up seven hits and one walk while striking out four batters.

New Brighton got on the scoreboard in the top of the first, taking advantage of an infield hit followed by an RBI double to lead 1-0.

Northgate seemed to have answered back in their half of the inning when Cam Kosak's hit through shortstop, following walks to Camello and Xavier Rowsey, brought in a run, but Camello was called out for missing home plate. According to Hogle, Camello apparently stepped around a helmet that was lying in front of the plate.

The score remained 1-0 until the Flames came to bat in the bottom of the third. Drew Joyce was walked to lead off the inning before Kosak's two-out single put two runners on. Evan Helbling followed with a grounder to third base, but an error charged on the high throw to first base allowed Kosak to get home as he safely slid under the tag of the catcher at home plate. Matt Dombrowski, who sat out the first couple of innings, followed with a hit into the gap in right centerfield that put the Flames in front 2-1.

Camello set the Lions down in order in the fourth before the Flames added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning. A base hit by Joyce and a walk issued to Camello set the table for Rowsey, who doubled to left field, scoring two runs and a 4-1 Northgate lead.

An infield hit and an error had New Brighton runners on first and third bases with two out in the fifth inning when the Flames came up big defensively. Xavier, from his catcher's position, threw quickly down to third base, allowing Northgate to get the runner there caught in a rundown to end the inning.

The Lions had runners on first and third bases again in the sixth inning when the Flames repeated a run-down to record an out at third base.

New Brighton did manage to pick up a run in the inning, which put the final score at 4-2.

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