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Northridge baseball team shades Westview

Northridge shaded Westview, 4-3 in a varsity baseball thriller played last Friday in Emma.

Leading 1-0 entering the top of the sixth inning, the Raiders struck for three runs to increase their advantage to 4-0. Andrew Kennedy’s RBI double, followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Craig Kasten accounted for the Northridge markers.

Westview got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Jamar Weaver, who walked to begin the frame, scored on a Raider error. The Warriors scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs when Northridge reliever Peyton Carson induced a game-ending force out at third.

Kennedy pitched the initial five innings for Northridge to earn the win. Kennedy allowed just three hits, walked three and whiffed three.

Weaver started on the mound for Westview, giving up six hits and striking out six in five innings. Derrike Johns and Jake Berkey each pitched an inning of relief for the Warriors.