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Softball: Turner tears up South in Raiders' win

North within half-game of region-leading Lambert

POSTED: September 13, 2012 12:30 a.m.
David McGregor/For the Forsyth County News

North Forsyth cleanup hitter Sydney Turner drove in four runs against South Forsyth on Tuesday at Raider Field.

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After getting burned early by Savannah Chapman, South Forsyth chose to try its luck with the hitter behind her the rest of the way.

Sydney Turner made the Lady War Eagles regret that decision each time.

Turner blasted a two-run single to center field in the bottom of the fifth, capping a five-run inning that triggered the mercy rule in North Forsyth’s 9-1 win over South on Tuesday at Raider Field.

Turner, North’s cleanup hitter, finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, a sacrifice fly and four RBIs. Chapman, who bats third, drew three walks after delivering an RBI double in the first inning.

"It kind of bit them a little bit," North head coach Bud Henderson said. "They pitched around Savannah all night after she got a big hit early, but that stuff doesn’t work when you have somebody coming up [to the plate] that’s just as hot.

"We’ve been really relaxed here lately and are just playing the game. The girls have been responding really well."

The victory moved North (10-7, 4-1 Region 6-AAAAAA) into second place in the region standings, a half-game behind Lambert (14-2, 5-1).

Brittany Smith started the rout in the fifth inning with a single and advanced to third after a fielding error and a sacrifice bunt. After Rachel Mixon walked, Karlee Grab hit a single to right field, scoring Smith and moving Mixon to third.

Katie York then smashed the ball down the left field line for a two-run double, as North scored its third run of the inning before Turner got the game-winning single.

South pitcher Kaylyn Young (4 2/3 IP, 9 R, 12 H, 1 K) was never able to find her groove.

"They hit pitches when they were ahead in the count," South head coach Ronnie Davis said. "That’s one thing we didn’t do in the first inning. We were behind every single batter. When you fall behind batters, you can’t expect to have great results.

"You have to tip your hat to them because when they got in a hitter’s count, they made us pay and that’s what good teams do."

North came out hot in the bottom of the first inning as Chapman doubled to deep left, bringing Andrea Coleman to the plate. Turner wasted no time getting her own hot night at the plate started, as she knocked in Chapman with an RBI single. Turner stole second and advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on a wild pitch, as North took an early 3-0 lead.

South responded in the second inning with an RBI single over the third base bag from Shea Smith that scored Frankie Catinella, but Mixon held them scoreless the rest of the way.

Mixon (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 K) didn’t allow an extra-base hit while she took care of business in the circle for the Lady Raiders.

"After the first inning, she had pinpoint accuracy," Henderson said. "She was getting outs when we needed them. They threatened several times, but we got out of it. That was pitching. When you do that, that’s got all to do with pitching."

The win marks the first time North has earned consecutive wins against South since the 2004-05 seasons. South will travel to Johns Creek today at 7 p.m., while North battles Lambert for first place in the region at 7 p.m in Suwanee.

 

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