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Late mistakes cost Forsyth Central in region tournament opener
Lady Bulldogs now face elimination Saturday at Cambridge, with opponent to be determined
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Forsyth County News

Heading into the top of the sixth inning, Forsyth Central had a 3-1 lead over Sequoyah in the first round of the Region 7-AAAAA softball tournament. Walking off the field after the game, the Lady Bulldogs were having to prepare to face elimination this weekend.

Despite heading into the region tournament with a 9-3 league record and four-game winning streak, Central’s accolades to this point were “down the toilet,” as head coach Kaelin Farrington put it, after a four-run sixth inning helped Sequoyah upset Central, 5-3, Thursday afternoon.

Central will face off its yet-to-be-determined opponent Saturday at 4 p.m. at Cambridge High School.

After coming out of fall break and playing an earlier start time due to expected rain, Farrington felt like the team just wasn’t ready to play.

“We haven’t played in a week, so being on fall break could play a factor into it, but it’s just you’re dealing with 16-year old girls, so you don’t know where they’re going to be from day-to-day, but we just have to come back this point and battle. Everything we’ve done the last 11 region games is down the toilet,” Farrington said.

“I think we were mentally out of it the whole game. We made mental mistakes even early in the game that we got away with and then towards the end we made a lot of mental errors to allow them to score the runs that they did.”

Madison Cook started the rally for the Lady Chiefs in the top of the sixth when she reached on an error at third base. After Ali Keener singled and Nikki Carter reached on an error at the mound, Catalyn Novack doubled down the left-field line to score two and tie the game. Carter scored seconds later off a wild pitch, while Novack eventually came home on a ground out.

Central starting pitcher Emma Lowe was relieved after the score tied by Abbie Flint, who recorded two outs before Gina Fishler came in to finish the game.

Central did all of its damage in the bottom of the second. Morgan Watson, Hannah Carpenter and Grace Kiser stood on to load the bases when Devyn Malinzak drew a walk to bring a runner home. Then Karah Straub doubled to score Jenny Sims, pinch running for Kiser, and Malinzak to make the score 3-1.

Sequoyah scored the game’s first run in the top of the second, as Novack brought home Kendall Williams on a double.

Lowe finished with six hits allowed, two strikeouts and three walks, while her counterpart, Cook, pitched a complete game with six hits, two strikeouts and three walks.

Central had three errors against Sequoyah’s one.

The Region 7-AAAAA tournament is double-elimination and will last until Oct. 9.