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PREP ROUNDUP: South baseball continues to roll over spring break

Forsyth Central 5, Jenkins County 0

The Bulldogs won their fourth straight game on Friday, shutting out the War Eagles and holding them to just two hits.

Five Bulldogs pitchers – Jacob Ryan, Davis Smith, Ethan Chance, Tristen Rose and Bryan Brock – combined for the shutout, with Chance and Rose throwing two innings. Seven different Central hitters recorded base knocks. Jonathan Bergmoser and Chase Nufer had doubles, and Bradlee Brooks hit a two-run home run in the second inning.

Lambert splits two in Georgia, takes two in Florida

The Longhorns played an away game at Buford before trekking back home to face Brookwood on Monday, losing 4-3 to the Wolves and topping the Mustangs 5-3.

Brookwood jumped on Lambert starter Payton MacPherson for two runs in the first inning, but MacPherson settled down to throw five scoreless innings before allowing one more run in the seventh. The Longhorns, who scored four runs in the third, got a 2-for-3 performance from Carter Ballstadt. Nate Gabbert had a double and Jacob Rising had a triple and three RBIs.

Lambert then headed down to Florida for a game against Lake Minneola on Wednesday and another against East Ridge on Thursday. The Longhorns were victorious by a 5-0 margin in the first game despite recording just three hits, and Aidan McAllister had a strong six-inning outing in the second game to lead Lambert to a 6-3 win. The Longhorns also got a home run from Jonathan Hemings on Thursday.

Lambert (11-14, 4-5 Region 5-7A) is in fourth place in the region, one spot ahead of North Forsyth.

South wins three of four in trip to South Carolina.

The War Eagles played four games in South Carolina over spring break, facing Nansemond River (Va.) and Wando at Wando High School and playing James River (Va.) and St. Edward (Ohio) at Hanahan High School.

South blew out Nansemond River by a 17-8 margin, with six players contributing multi-hit games and Bradley Prince Jr. doubling twice, before recording just two hits and combining for 14 strikeouts against Wando in a 1-0 loss.

The War Eagles bounced back against James River, though, with Ben Ferrer throwing a six-inning shutout and knocking in two RBIs as South took a 10-0 win. Prince Jr. continued his strong week with three hits against St. Edward, a four South pitchers contributed to a 7-1 win.

South (18-5, 8-0 Region 5-7A) is currently first in the region and had won 11 straight before the loss to Wando.

North wins two of three in Florida swing

The Raiders dropped four straight region games heading into spring break, but they snapped that skid with wins over the Episcopal School of Jacksonville and Middleburg before losing to Fleming Island.

Brice Davis allowed three hits over five shutout innings to get the win against the Episcopal School, and Kyle Martin, Colin Sanders and Nicky Dalmolin had two hits each in a 3-0 victory. The Raiders didn’t have quite as strong of a pitching effort against Middleburg, with the Broncos combining for 10 hits, but North’s bats kept up, with Clayton Bardall contributing a two-run home run in the 8-5 win. The Raiders were then blanked by Calab Lanoux over five innings in a 10-0 loss to Fleming Island.

North (16-8, 3-6 Region 5-7A) is currently fifth in Region 5-7A, one spot outside of the state playoff picture.

West Forsyth takes two from Marist

The Wolverines currently sit in last place in Region 5-7A, but they gained some momentum with 1-0 and 8-7 wins over Marist on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Wyatt Crowell and Ryan Ferguson combined for the shutout in the first game, with Crowell throwing six innings and allowing three hits. West’s lone RBI came when Matthew Strzelecki reached on an error in the second inning.

On Thursday, the Wolverines took a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning off the strength of a strong start from Bryce Hawkins and a three-run home run from Matthew Cassandra, but the War Eagles scored three in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead. West was down to its last out in the seventh inning, but Indy Stanley singled to keep the rally alive for Cassandra, who hit a single that Marist’s left fielder misplayed to let two runs score to give West an 8-7 win.