South’s Sims throws in Perfect Game All-American Classic
South Forsyth senior Landon Sims threw 2/3 of an inning in the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Sunday evening at Petco Park in San Diego, touching 95 mph with his fastball and recording a strikeout.
Sims is the second Forsyth County player in two years to compete in the prestigious game, after Forsyth Central grad and current Cleveland Indians farmhand Ethan Hankins pitched in last year’s game.
Hankins was picked 35th overall in June’s MLB Draft, and Sims, a Mississippi State commit and the 2018 All-FCN Pitcher of the Year, could be an early-round pick next year.
Central sweeps Saturday doubleheader; North, Lambert split
Forsyth Central won the first two game of head coach Paul Cromie’s tenure on Saturday, beating Cambridge 8-1 and Evans 5-1.
Kristi Brower allowed three hits and one run in 4 2/3 innings to get the win in the first game, and while the Bulldogs were particularly opportunistic on offense, recording seven hits and three walks and leaving just four runners on base. In the second game, Bailey McCachren allowed just one hit and had 11 strikeouts, while Sadie Waters led the Bulldogs on offense with two hits and one RBI.
North Forsyth opened its Saturday doubleheader with a 3-2 loss to Carrolton on a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth, but the Raiders bounced back with a 21-0 thrashing of McEachern in the second game.
McKayla Cothran and Hailey Mize had two hits apiece for North in the first game, while Mallorie Black had two RBIs. North rapped out 12 hits as a team in the second game and also benefitted from eight walks and eight errors from McEachern.
After dropping its season debut to on Friday to North Gwinnett, Lambert grabbed its first victory over Apalachee, winning 6-4, before falling 10-2 to Buford.
Riley Rollings got the win for the Longhorns, allowing four runs, and Brooke Miller and Lindsey Nelson each had two hits in Lambert’s victory. The Longhorns managed just two hits – a double from Anna Jackson and single from Sydney Walker – in the loss to the Wolves.
West Forsyth struggled to generate sufficient offense in its two games on Saturday, falling 8-0 to Collins Hill and 4-2 to North Paulding.
Only two West batters – Maria Luce and Jenna Harris – recorded hits against the Eagles, and the Wolverines were also done in by four errors. Five different Wolverines hitters recorded knocks against the Wolves in the second game, and West shrunk its deficit to a run with two runs in the sixth, but North Paulding drove another run home at the bottom of the sixth to seal the final score.
North, South finish weekends at Sequoyah Classic
North Forsyth played three matches on Saturday in the Sequoyah Classic at Etowah High School, taking the first in two sets from Cartersville, 25-19, 25-17, and losing to Allatoona, 25-18, 25-20; and Etowah, 25-19, 25-17.
Mary Ellen Enright had strong outings in the last two matches, recording 14 kills against Allatoona and 9 against Etowah, but North’s only senior couldn’t carry the Raiders to victory.
South Forsyth, competing in the same tournament at River Ridge High School, recorded a 2-0 win over North Paulding, a 2-1 win over Pope, and a 2-0 loss to Columbus. Molly Bergin had a huge day for the War Eagles, totaling 31 kills between the three matches, and Nyah Pacely had 49 assists across the three matches.