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PREP ROUNDUP: Central baseball locks up home-field advantage in playoffs

South Forsyth 4, Lambert 3; South Forsyth 6, Lambert 1

The War Eagles played on back-to-back nights this week due to Monday’s game at Lambert being postponed due to an unplayable field. Landon Sims allowed three runs six innings in that game to get the win, and six War Eagles, including Sims, got hits.

On Wednesday, South won at home and was led by a strong all-around performance by Ben Ferrer, who had two hits out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup, and allowed just four hits and a run in seven innings on the mound.

The War Eagles are 14-1 in the region and have yet to lose to a county opponent.

Forsyth Central 4, West Forsyth 2

After losing on Monday in a contentious showdown between two rivals, the Bulldogs bounced back with a win on Tuesday, with Mitchell Gross contributing a slightly wild but effective start on the mound. Gross threw 5 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits and two runs, but he also walked six batters. West couldn’t fully capitalize on the free bases, though, leaving six runners on.

Jacob Holton went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Bulldogs, and Bowen Bock had a solo home run for West. The Bulldogs, with their win and North’s loss to Milton, clinched a No. 2 seed in the state playoffs, giving them home-field advantage for at least one round.

Milton 6, North Forsyth 5

North held a 5-1 lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning on Wednesday, but the Eagles dinged Brice Davis and Brody Westbrooks for four runs that frame and then walked off on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.

Kyle Martin led North on offense with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI. The loss means that the Raiders can no longer host a playoff series, and their result on Friday will determine whether they earn a No. 3 or No. 4 playoff seed. The Raiders and Milton are tied at 7-7 in region play, and North will earn the No. 3 seed with a win, as it holds the tiebreaker over the Eagles.

Girls lacrosse

Pinecrest 20, Buford 9

Molly Dankowski set a school record on Tuesday night with 11 goals to help the Paladins improve their record to 10-2. The Paladins are set to return to the Class 1A-5A state playoffs, with their seed to be determined.

Lambert 13, Harrison 11

The Longhorns topped the Bulldogs on Tuesday to net a win on senior night and move their overall record to 6-9. They end the year with three straight area games on the road, against South Forsyth, Alpharetta and Milton.

West Forsyth 16, Woodward Academy 2

The Wolverines notched their seventh straight win on Tuesday, adding momentum heading into their matchup on Friday against Milton, which has yet to lose to an in-state opponent this season.

Boys lacrosse

West Forsyth 7, Hillgrove 6

The Wolverines topped the Hawks on Tuesday night, improving their record to 11-4 on the season. They’re set to face Cambridge on Saturday and then Lambert next Wednesday.

Holy Innocents 13, Pinecrest 11

The Paladins dropped their third straight area game on Tuesday against the Golden Bears. Pinecrest concludes its season on Thursday night against Wesleyan.