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PREP ROUNDUP: North Forsyth softball holds off Buford, 4-2

North Forsyth 4, Buford 2

North Forsyth scored a run in each of the first four innings Monday as the Raiders outlasted Buford, 4-2. Mallorie Black and Adaline Nix went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, and Kyleigh Sanders threw seven innings of two-run ball, adding six strikeouts, to get the win. North (16-2, 5-1 Region 5-7A) is riding a seven-game winning streak and has just one loss since Aug. 14.

Pace Academy 4, Lambert 3

Lambert's seventh-inning rally fell short Monday as the Longhorns lost 4-3 to Pace Academy. Lambert trailed 4-2 entering the seventh inning, but a Sydney Walker sacrifice fly scored Courtney Sauer and cut the deficit to one run. Kaley Varner drew a walk after the run, but Pace Academy pitcher Caroline Landis struck out Lindsey Nelson to end the game. Sauer finished 2 for 2, scoring a couple of runs, while Nelson finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a walk for Lambert (5-10, 3-3 Region 5-7A).

West Forsyth 16, Cambridge 15

West Forsyth pounded 20 hits Saturday, including eight during a seven-run second inning, to power past Cambridge 16-15. Seven players finished with multiple hits, including Ryley Kutter, Maria Luce, Riley Ramirez and Lillian Seitz, who each had three hits. Emily Brown, Jenna Harris and  Abby Williams finished with two hits. West Forsyth (3-13-1, 0-6) will travel to Milton at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

South Forsyth 6, Allatoona 5

Katie Traynor drove in three runs at the plate and tossed seven innings in the circle Saturday to guide South Forsyth past Allatona 6-5. Traynor's first RBI came in the first inning when a groundout brought home Ashley Chu to give South Forsyth a 1-0 lead. Traynor tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when her sacrifice fly plated Ruthie Allen, then she drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to give South Forsyth a 6-5 lead, scoring Charlotte Brooks. South Forsyth (9-9, 3-3 Region 5-7A) will host North Forsyth at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Archer 4, South Forsyth 3

Hannah Marchman threw eight innings of two-run ball Saturday, but a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth sunk South Forsyth and led Archer past the War Eagles 4-3. South managed just five hits and committed four errors in the field. Makenna Segel led South at the plate, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Ashley Chu, Kennedy Ariail and Marchman each collected a hit in the loss.


Denmark boys win first 5K in school history

Denmark's boys cross country team placed two runners in the top five Saturday at the 13th Annual Run at the Rock, leading the Danes to their first 5K win as a program. Ethan Ashley finished second individually, running a 16:30, which was just ahead of teammate Karthik Kochuparambil, whose 16:46 landed him in fifth place. Xavier Anderson ran a 17:23 to finish 13th, Tavian Anderson ran a 17:47 to finish 25th and Chinmay Dongari placed 28th with a 17:51.

Denmark girls pass mark for fastest combined average 

Denmark's girls cross country team placed seventh Saturday at the 13th Annual Run at the Rock, registering a 22:16 average, the program's fastest in its two-year history. A trio of Danes finished inside the top 30, including Reagan Wells (21st, 21:58), Elena Lawler (23rd, 22:01) and Kendall Hilyer (24th, 22:02).

Lambert, West boys finish 6th, 7th at invitational 

Tyler Doty ran the third-fastest time Saturday at the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational, helping West Forsyth to a seventh-place finish. Bryan Bell ran an 18:33 for the Wolverines to place 32nd. Evan Shadoff, whose 18:18 was the top time for Lambert, finished 18th overall and led the Longhorns to a sixth-place finish. Colin Nicholason finished just behind Shadoff in 19th place with an 18:24. Lambert's Courtney Tiang ran a 22:34 in the girls race, placing 25th and leading the Longhorns to a ninth-place finish.