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Northview falls to West Florida Jags

By By Chandler Myers
With rainy weather hitting the Atmore and Bratt, Fla. areas Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the baseball game between the Northview Chiefs and West Florida Jaguars was moved from Northview to West Florida High School in Pensacola Thursday afternoon.
The change of scenery did not do much to help the Chiefs as they were defeated by the Jaguars 3-2 in eight innings.
The Chiefs (7-3, 2-1) played competitively with the Jaguars, but could not keep it close enough late in the game to pull out the victory.
In the first inning, the Chiefs were able to get starting pitcher Austin Reid (1-for-4) on base as he hit a single, but the other Chiefs’ at-bats were all strikeouts.
The bottom of the inning was not much better for West Florida although they were able to record two hits.
Through the second inning, it was a battle of the defenses as neither team was able to get their offense going.
Northview finally struck first with a run as Austin Arrington (2-for-4, R) reached base on a single and was knocked in by Dabney Langhorne’s (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) single.
Following the third inning, the two teams battled again in the fourth as neither team was able to score and Northview held its slim lead.
West Florida was able to pull ahead in the fifth inning as they scored two runs with Jaguars Freeman and Wass each making it around the basepath.
The sixth inning was again a scoreless battle with both teams putting a man on base, but each team also having two strikeouts.
The Chiefs tied the game in the seventh inning as Heath Burkette (1-for-3) reached base on a single and scored a on a single by Arrington.
With the Jaguars unable to score in the bottom of the seventh, they battled into extra innings with the Chiefs unable to score and West Florida scoring the winning run to win 3-2.
The Chiefs next game is today at home against Pensacola High School at noon.