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Baseball: South strikes early en route to victory over Lambert
South Forsyth's Kyle Becker connects for a hit against Lambert on Friday, March 18, 2018. - photo by Ben Hendren

By Weston Walker

For the Forsyth County News

The South Forsyth baseball team didn’t take long to get its bats going at Lambert on Friday night.

Grant Gerberding manufactured a run in the top of the first after dropping in a bloop single. He then stole second and later scored on a wild pitch. Landon Sims followed three batters later with a two-run double that nearly left the park.

The War Eagles led 3-0 and never relinquished the lead in a 5-3 victory to stay undefeated in Region 5-7A.

“That was our No. 1 goal: to come out in the first and get on the board right away,” War Eagles head coach Russ Bayer said. “Guys weren’t trying to do too much, and (they) got on base early.”

Lambert (4-10, 0-3 Region 5-7A) attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the first but failed to capitalize on a great situation. The Longhorns had the bases loaded with one out but couldn’t get the clutch hit they needed.

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South Forsyth's Ben Ferrer throws a pitch against Lambert on Friday, March 18, 2018. - photo by Ben Hendren
After escaping danger, the War Eagles (10-4, 3-0) scored another run in the top of the second inning. Kyle Becker led off the inning with a double, and two batters later crossed home plate thanks to a flyout from Bradley Prince, Jr.

Brady Burroughs starting things off for the Longhorns in the bottom of the second with a single, and later advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Ben Asher struck out but reached base on a wild third-pitch strike. Collin Price made the War Eagles pay for that mistake, hitting a moonshot over the center field wall to cut South’s lead to 4-3.

But the one run lead was enough for Ferrer. He settled down after the three-run inning and only gave up four hits the rest of the game.

Ferrer finished with a complete game, six-strikeout performance. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

“(Ferrer) made adjustments. Early on, he wasn’t feeling the greatest and was having a hard time getting the separation,” Bayer said. “He kept battling and getting stronger, and he got better as the game went on.”

The War Eagles scored another run in the top of the fourth inning thanks to an error and passed ball, but never needed to use the insurance run. The run scored in the top of the fourth was the final run of the night, despite numerous players left on base for both the War Eagles and the Longhorns.