The North Forsyth baseball team kicked off the 2018 season Wednesday night with an exciting, back-and-forth 4-3 win at Pinecrest Academy thanks to a seventh-inning, two-out double by sophomore Miles Hartsfield.
“Anytime you get a win on the road, it’s good,” Raiders Head Coach Jim Cahill said. “The rain’s kind of been hampering things a little bit. It was good to just get out and play.”
The Raiders (1-0) manufactured an early lead, thanks in part to a shaky start by Pinecrest Academy’s Caleb Bohn, who walked two of his first three batters in an 18-pitch first inning. North senior Kyle Martin batted in the game’s first run on a two-out-single to right field, scoring catcher Colin Sanders.
The Paladins (1-1) limited the first-inning damage by taking advantage of some aggressive North base running, throwing a runner at home.
Bohn settled in after the first, pitching a pair of scoreless innings with three strikeouts while batting in his own run support in the bottom of the third on a two-out, two-run double. Will Patota extended the lead to 3-1 on an RBI, two-out double of his own, yet he would also quickly end the inning when the second baseman attempted to leg out a triple.
North wasted no time tying the game. They began the fourth with five consecutive hits, including another single by Martin and one each by Evan Johnson and Tyler Fairchild, as well as an RBI double by Carter Mullikin. Bohn once again play effective damage control, retiring the inning’s final two hitters with his defense throwing out another runner at third.
Cahill had no problem with his squad’s aggressive base-running. The Raiders finished the night with three total runners thrown out while advancing, Hartsfield representing the third immediately following his game-winning double.
“That’s our game,” Cahil said. “Pedal to the metal.”
Junior Brody Westbrooks took the mound for North, making his first start since committing early to Georgia Tech the previous offseason. Westbrooks had six strikeouts in four innings on 64 pitches. He was relieved by Caelan Thomas and Tucker Daniel, with Daniel striking out the final two batters to nail down the win.
Bohn finished his afternoon for Pinecrest throwing four strikeouts in six innings on 82 pitches, with Joe Garcia giving up the winning run in his seventh-inning relief effort.