The weather was as cold as Forsyth Central’s bats.
With temperatures in the mid-30s, wind gusts of 25 mph and snow flurries, the Bulldogs eked out only one hit against Northview pitcher David Ehmen in a 6-0 loss on Monday in Cumming.
The junior left-hander had a no-hitter with one out in the final inning of play until Central’s Miller Cone singled to center field. Ehmen (7 IP, 1 H, 6 K, 2 BB) then walked Jake Nix before retiring the final two batters.
Central’s loss snapped a four-game win streak in which the team had averaged 10.5 runs per game.
"I guess we could make a thousand excuses, but [Ehmen] did a good job, threw strikes and we didn’t hit the ball," Central head coach Kevin McCollum said.
"[Blaming the weather] would just be an excuse. We can’t come up with excuses, they had to play and swing in the same weather we did. We practice in this weather, so they just played better than us tonight."
Central pitcher Andrew Gist (7 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 12 K, 3 BB) struck out six batters in the first three innings, but Northview’s Christian Skjoedt took advantage of a high pitch and blasted a solo home run to center field for a 1-0 lead in the third.
The Titans (8-4, 5-4 Region 7-AAAAA) added another run in the fourth, as Jack Ryan walked and stole second and third base before scoring on an error by the third baseman.
The Bulldogs (9-7, 5-5) threatened in the bottom half of the frame after Gist drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt, but Ehmen struck out Dee Kelly and forced Cone into a groundout to end the inning.
Northview continued to make timely hits as Skjoedt doubled to right field and took third on a fielding error in the fifth inning. Gist then struck out Kevin Simmons for the second out of the inning, but Jason Delay, who is committed to Vanderbilt University and had major league scouts in attendance to watch him play, hit a two-run home run to center field to make the score 4-0.
The Titans tacked on two more insurance runs in the seventh inning when Delay drove in Simmons with an RBI double to left field before scoring on a single to right by Ryan.
"[The loss] makes the second half of the season a little more interesting for us," McCollum said.
"We’ve been up and down all year. We’ll bounce back. How long it’ll take us to bounce back, I don’t know. Hopefully by Friday we’ll bounce back, but we’ll see what happens."
Central will play at Sequoyah on Friday at 5:55 p.m.