NEWNAN, Ga. -- It won't go down as Northgate's best performance of the season, but it was good enough to get the Lady Vikings into the second round of the Class AAAAAA softball tournament with a sweep of Harris County.
Northgate, which won the Class AAAA state tournament a year ago, has moved up in classification this year and took the first step toward winning the state champions in Class AAAAAA with the 5-2 and 8-2 victory over Harris County.
After winning the first game of the best-of-three series, Northgate ended Wednesday afternoon with the sweep thanks to the long ball and some other timely hitting.
"We were able to come up with some big hits when we need them," said coach Lisa Skelton. "We didn't do a great job of hitting in the first game, but we really hit the ball hard in the second game.
Northgate allowed Harris County to keep the games close due to some control problems by its starting pitchers in both contest.
Carliegh Myatt pitched the first walking five and striking out three. McKenzie Peace walked nine and struck out four in the night cap.
Myatt came in with one out in the seventh inning of game two and struck out the last two batters to end the game.
"This is their first experience in the state tournament, and they may have been just a little nervous," Skelton said.
After spotting Harris County a run in the top of the first, the Lady Vikings took the lead for with three runs in the bottom of the first.
The Lady Vikings out-hit Harris County 10-4.
Andie Martin stepped up big in the first game with two hits and two RBIs. Jenna Pealor and Hannah Edge also accounted for RBIs in the Lady Vikings first game.
Taylor Williams added an RBI for Lady Tigers.
Northgate didn't waste any time taking control of the second game of the first round opener.
Pealor's three-run homer in the top of the first, sparked a six-run flurry of runs and the Lady Vikings never looked back.
The Lady Tigers only managed two hits, but left the bases loaded twice but were unable to score until pushing two runners home in the sixth.
Northgate out-hit Harris County 18-2 in the second game.
Martin's solo homer in the sixth also helped the Lady Vikings offensive cause. Hannah Edge also drove in two runs.
Lauren Munoz had the lone RBI for the Lady Tigers in the second game.
Northgate moves on to play the winner of the Effingham-Evans series next series. The Lady Vikings would be on the road only if Effingham wins.
"We hope we don't have to go on the road, but we are glad we are moving onWednesday at Northgate
Harris Co. 100 100 0 --2 3 2
Northgate 310 001 x --5 8 0
WP--Carliegh Myatt. LP--Samantha Holt 14-7. Hitting leaders--Harris County: Teal Moran 2 walks, 2 stolen bases, Kayla Cotton 1-2, Julia Clark 1-3, 2B; Northgate: Andie Martin 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs.Game 2
Harris Co. 000 002 0 --2 3 0
Northgate 600 101 x --8 12 0
WP--McKenzie Peace. LP--Cotton 5-5. Hitting leaders--Harris County: Kirsten Kopp 1-2, Lauren Munoz 1-4, Clark 1-3; Northgate: Martin 4-4, HR. Records--Harris County 19-12. Next-- Harris County's season is now over.