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Softball: North comeback bid falls short against Mountain View

North Forsyth couldn't complete the comeback Thursday afternoon, falling 3-2 to Mountain View in the first round of the Class 7A state tournament in Columbus. 

The Raiders (30-4) will face the loser of Parkview/East Coweta at noon Friday in the next leg of the double-elimination tournament.

North entered the seventh inning trailing 3-0, but a string of singles by Hailey Mize, Katie Sarfaty, Maggie McBrayer and Adaline Nix cut Mountain View's lead to one run. 

Mize singled to lead off the inning, then after an Abby Martin popout, Sarfaty's single sent pinch-runner Lauren Fields to second base.

McBrayer singled in Fields, then Nix singled to left field to score pinch-runner Ali Jones.

North's offense couldn't solve Mountain View pitcher Sarah Currie for the first six innings, as the junior managed to shut out the Raiders' potent offense, striking out 12 while giving up just two hits. 

Prior to the final inning, the Raiders had managed a couple of two-out hits against Currie — a single in the bottom of the fourth by Mize and a double off the bat of McKayla Cothran in the sixth — but couldn't capitalize in either situation.

Mize led the Raiders at the plate, finishing 2 for 3. Cothran reached base twice, adding a walk in the first inning. 

Kyleigh Sanders took the loss for the Raiders despite tossing seven strong innings and striking out five while walking none. 

A hit-by-pitch and a single, paired with a sacrifice bunt, set the Bears up with runners on second and third in the second inning and allowed Mountain View to grab a 1-0 lead following a wild pitch.

Mountain View (20-9) struck again in the sixth inning when Hannan Razquez launched a two-run home run over the centerfield fence.