South Forsyth advanced to the semifinals of the state Class AAAAA high school baseball playoffs Tuesday night by sweeping a doubleheader from Newnan.
South, playing before a capacity crowd at windy War Eagle Field, never trailed in the second game, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 4-2 victory.
The offensive attack was keyed by Andrew Barna, who drove in three runs on two doubles.
With the sweep, the War Eagles (28-4) move on to the semifinals, where they will play host to East Paulding.
The Raiders defeated Lowndes in two games Tuesday. The best-of-three series will begin on Monday, which is Memorial Day.
The War Eagles, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AAAAA, have now won 10 games in a row.
In the opener Tuesday afternoon, South rallied for a 5-3 victory. Patrick Olvaney's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning proved the difference.
Starting pitcher Chris Rowley went 6 2/3 innings for the victory. Zach Alvord got the save after coming on in relief with Newnan baserunners on first and second base in the seventh inning.
South fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, before rallying to take the lead in the bottom of the second. The Cougars tied it at three before South stormed back in the sixth.
The War Eagles overcame three errors to notch the win.
For complete coverage of Tuesday’s action, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.