Forsyth Central softball won its fourth consecutive game with at least 10 runs, but on Thursday night it only took the Lady Bulldogs three frames at the plate.
After an hour delay to wait for an umpire crew to arrive on time, first pitch on Senior Night against Sprayberry didn't happen until past 7 p.m. By that time, rain had come in full force, forcing both teams to shake off the rust in a downpour.
No problem for Central, as the bats were alive and well early in a 12-2 shortened game. The victory gave Central (13-6, 9-3) sole possession of second place in Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B behind undefeated Cambridge, while Sprayberry (10-13, 7-4), who was a half game off Central's pace, fell to the third slot on the regular season's final night.
Seniors Hannah Carpenter, Alexa Hull, Marissa Hull, Morgan Poe and Devyn Malinzak were honored before the game.
“These seniors have done such a phenomenal job for the program and this was a huge game for us to clinch second place in the region, so I wanted to get a win bad. These girls wanted it,” Central head coach Kaelin Farrington said.
Emma Lowe allowed just two hits to the Lady Yellow Jackets and struck out four, while waking five in four innings of play.
On the offensive side of the ball, Central's bats provided the thunder. Morgan Watson went 2 for 2 with two triples, three RBIs and two runs scored, while leadoff hitter Sadie Waters was 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
Karah Straub and Marissa Hull also had multi-hit performances, while all of Central's first six batters scored at least a run and provided at least one RBI.
Central trailed 2-0 after Kierston Moore scored off a single from Nicole DeCuircio. One batter later, Katie Mitchum brought home DeCuircio on a sacrifice fly.
But after Central tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the first, the rout was on. The Lady Bulldogs even scored on a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the third inning.
“Definitely not how we planned it going. It was kind of chaotic from the start but we had been working so much on mental toughness and things we can't control, and we definitely had that today with the game and the circumstances, but I think we did a good job,” Farrington said.