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PREP ROUNDUP: Central, West drop softball series; West volleyball tops North while Enright reaches milestones
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Central, West softball are swept in first-round playoff doubleheaders

The Forsyth Central and West Forsyth softball teams both lost two games on Tuesday night in their first-round state playoff series, with Central falling 2-0 and 6-2 to Archer and West losing 3-1 and 4-2 to Grayson.

Pitcher Bailey McCachren was effective as usual for the Bulldogs in the first game, giving up seven hits and striking out six in six innings, but a two-run home run by Faith Barth in the fourth gave the Tigers a leg up, and Central’s offense couldn’t muster a response. The teams were scoreless through four innings in the second game, but Archer put up five runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh, and Central’s two-run rally in the sixth was insufficient. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 15-13 record.

Hannah Guthrie was strong in both games for West against a solid Grayson squad, giving up three runs in six innings in the first game and four in six frames in the second, but the Wolverines’ offense couldn’t come up with enough production itself. West briefly held a 1-0 lead in the second inning of the second game, but Grayson quickly responded with two runs in the third and expanded the lead with runs in the fourth and sixth. The Wolverines finished their season at 16-16.

West tops North, Central falls to Milton in area volleyball tournament; Enright reaches pair of milestones

The West Forsyth volleyball team rebounded from losing the first set and trailing in the second set to top North Forsyth on Tuesday and qualify for the state tournament. Olivia Dodd led the Wolverines with 13 kills, and Carra Sassack had 17 assists for West. North’s Mary Ellen Enright reached two career milestones in the game, reaching 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills – Enright needed 21 kills to reach the latter mark, and she finished the game with a season-high 22.

Forsyth Central played Milton tight in a four-set loss on Tuesday, winning the first set 25-23 and dropping the next two by 26-24 margins before falling 25-16 in the fourth. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 13-19 record, a vast improvement over the four wins they recorded in 2017.