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Baseball: Sliding into summer
Local teams wrap week of meetings on diamond
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North Forsyths Matthew Barber throws to first for a double play as South Forsyths Zach Sewing slides into second base on Friday at War Eagle Field. - photo by Jared Putnam

A week long series of county baseball games was meant to focus on teaching and evaluations.

Friday’s game illustrated that there’s plenty more work to do before the 2013 season.

North Forsyth took advantage of seven errors and nine wild pitches by South Forsyth, winning 8-3 at War Eagle Field. The game was part of a round robin tournament featuring all five Forsyth County public high schools. The final games were scheduled to be played on Saturday.

"I’m proud of the way we played today," North assistant coach Will Foster said. "We came out swinging and put the ball in play. Things happened to work out for us."

The Raiders got off to a strong start at the plate. Following a first inning single by Matthew Cianciolo, North pitcher Max Bening helped himself with an RBI double to deep center. Evan Darnell got Bening to the plate with an RBI groundout to bring the score to 2-0.

South got on the scoreboard in the second inning after Chason Smith scored from second base on a pickoff attempt that resulted in an error.

Brant Stark followed with a single to center field and advanced to second via a fielding error. Gavin Cremmims attempted a sacrifice bunt, but another throwing error allowed him to reach base safely as Stark scored from second, tying the game 2-2.

After two walks and a fielding error, North’s Logan Cross delivered a two-run single to left field in the fourth inning. Caleb Dixon drew a walk, which moved Cross to second base. Following the walk, Cross advanced to third and eventually home after back-to-back wild pitches to boost the lead to 5-2.

Bening was relieved by Chase Mathis in the fifth, after allowing just two hits in four innings.

The War Eagles scored their final run in the fifth inning after the ball was thrown over the first baseman’s head, allowing Cremmims to come home from second base.

The Raiders answered with three more insurance runs in the seventh inning.

"We have to improve the finer aspects of the game," South coach Russ Bayer said.

"We have to be focused about getting the ball before we try to make a play. You can’t afford to pick up on the fundamentals when you play varsity, the game is too fast."