Gloves and cheers flooded the field Tuesday night as Forsyth Central won its first in-county region game of the season against South Forsyth in a nine inning thriller, 5-3.
Central (8-15, 4-10) reclaimed the lead on a one-out double to left center from Bailey McCachren, and a single from Abbie Sims that scored a run on a South fielding error pushing the lead to 5-3.
McCachren finished the night 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs and struck out 10 on the mound over eight innings.
“She’s (Bailey) thrown like that all year,” Central head coach Kaelin Farrington said. “We’ve been waiting on a game where we back her up with offense. You’ve got a team that’s 3-10 in the region, and you have a team that’s second place. When you tie it up you expect the second place team to win it.”
The Lady War Eagles (14-9, 9-5) tried to mount another comeback as South loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on a throwing error from pitcher Gina Fishler. Emily Harris hit a sac fly to left, but South held the runner at third. Lauren Baccari stepped up to the plate with two outs and bases loaded, but flied out to end the game.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs defeated their first county rival on the year going into the season finale at North Forsyth Thursday. The Lady War Eagles will look to gain momentum going into the state playoffs as they play host to Lambert.
“It was awesome,” Central’s Morgan Watson said. “We have struggled this year, and we’ve been wanting an in region win all year.”
McMachren dominated the contest holding South scoreless until the Lady War Eagles rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Sarah Womack and Jordyn Harris led off the bottom of the seventh hitting with back-to-back homers to center field cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Cat Rife continued the ferocious rally by hitting a single. The very next at bat Katherine Huey laid down a routine sac bunt, but Central committed a crucial error allowing South to have two base runners with nobody out.
South loaded the bases, giving Emily Harris the chance to hit the game tying sac fly to left, which scored Rife from third knotting up the score at 3-3, but Central go out of the jam.
“We’ve got really tough girls,” Farrington said. “When they’re down and out they’re ready to fight for Central softball.”
Central started off the eighth inning with a successful sacrifice bunt advancing the runner to third with one out, but that was all for the Lady Bulldogs in the eighth as South sat down the next two batters.
South came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth looking to escape the upset bid of the Lady Bulldogs, but a base running mistake cost the Lady War Eagles their momentum as Central threw out the runner at third.
“Someone came on their field and out-worked them,” South head coach Ronnie Davis said. “We’ve been beaten here, but someone just came and out-worked us on our own field.”