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West gets everything in first, nips North Hall
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Forsyth County News
West Forsyth got one big hit in the first inning, then leaned on pitching and defense the rest of the night Tuesday, coming out on top of North Hall 3-2 in a game that was both the home and Region 7-AAA opener for the Wolverines.

Michael Moch went five innings on the mound for West, giving up four hits, striking out eight batters and leaving the game with a 3-2 lead. Ryan Wood and Chris Rubessa each threw one shutout inning in relief.

“Moch pitched pretty good, I think,” coach Byron Orr said, noting that he thought the starter managed a fairly tight strike zone.

All of West’s scoring came in the bottom of the first, when Will Canady belted a two-out double to the outfield with the bases loaded, scoring three runs.

The Trojans got back one run in the third and another in the fifth, but for the most part couldn’t capitalize on base runners. North Hall saw 14 batters get on base for the game.

Jackson Coker drove in both runs for North Hall, and again found himself at the plate with a man on and two out in the bottom of the seventh.

Rubessa struck him out to end the game, though, getting a called strike three on the outside corner to end the game.

Temperatures dropped to near freezing by game’s end, and Orr said the weather probably affected the player’s speed at times.

“We had a couple plays which I think we might have made if it was a little warmer,” the coach said.

The Wolverines stood at 1-1 on the year, with a 1-0 region mark, after the win. West had games at Pickens and Gainesville scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.