Facing a must-win situation, South Forsyth jumped out to an 11-1 lead en route to a 16-5 Game 2 semifinal victory over East Paulding on Monday night.
By winning the nightcap, the War Eagles forced a third and deciding game in the best-of-three postseason series.
First pitch is set for noon Tuesday at War Eagle Field.
East Paulding chipped away at South’s lead in Game 2, but a four-run sixth inning provided the breathing room the War Eagles needed.
South's first nine runs came in the top of the second inning on just four hits. The War Eagles added two more runs in the third inning.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will face either Pope or defending champion Brookwood for the state Class AAAAA championship.
South fell to East Paulding 5-3 in the opening game of Monday’s doubleheader.
The setback was South’s first loss of the postseason, after sweeps of Grayson, Harrison and Newnan.
The War Eagles led for most of the first game. East Paulding did not score until the sixth inning, cutting South's lead in half, at 2-1.
The Raiders added another run in the top of the seventh before a two-out, three-run homer gave them the lead for good, 5-2.
Zack Alvord’s solo home run in the bottom of the frame cut the final margin to 5-3.
For complete playoff coverage, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.