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Baseball: Wildcats rough up South
War Eagles surrender 13 hits, commit four errors in loss
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Forsyth County News

South Forsyth’s season of high highs and low lows isn’t showing any signs of leveling off just yet.

The War Eagles surrendered 13 hits and committed four errors in a 10-1 loss to Dunwoody on Thursday at War Eagle Field.

South (3-4) has not won or lost consecutive games this season. The War Eagles have outscored opponents 19-4 in their three wins, but have been outscored 41-4 in their four losses.

"We’re kind of a tale of two teams right now," War Eagles head coach Russ Bayer said. "You look at the score of all our games and it seems like ironically we’re beating the teams that are some of the best teams in the metro area, and the teams that we’re losing to are good caliber ball clubs but are teams that, technically speaking, we should have played much better ball against.

"There is a direct correlation in that in all the games we’ve lost we’ve started some younger arms, but right now we’re at the point where we’ve got to start figuring out which of those guys are going to step up and be impact guys for us. We obviously have a big leader on the mound in [No. 1 starter] Zack [McCrum], but one guy can’t pitch every game for you. The young guys are battling ... they’re kind of learning the hard way as we go, but we’ve got to take these lumps to figure out exactly who we have to lean on when we get into region play."

War Eagles sophomore right-hander Logan Cole got the start on the mound against Dunwoody (4-0) but was unable to make it through the second inning.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a three-run home run to left field by Charlie Madden and a two-out, two-run single up the middle by Josh Shailer.

Cole retired the first two batters he faced in the second inning, but was relieved by Austin Alexander after surrendering the Wildcats’ sixth run on an infield single. Dunwoody tacked on three runs off Alexander in the fourth with the help of three South errors.

The War Eagles scored their lone run in the sixth, as Sammy Walker (2-for-2) led off the inning with his second single of the night and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Chase Farley. Walker and teammate Nathan Schmal (2-for-3) accounted for four of South’s seven hits.

If there’s one advantage the War Eagles have this year over the past two seasons, it’s more time to work out their kinks. South began Region 7-AAAA play on March 6, 2012, but won’t start the Region 6-AAAAAA schedule until March 20.

"I tried to schedule the vast majority of the toughest teams I could get my hands on, knowing that we’re going to be a little bit more prepared going into region play," Bayer said. "Our record may not reflect the type of ball we’re either playing or learning, but we’re not out here to win non-region games, we’re out here to [get ready to] win region games. ... Obviously it’s got to reflect when we get into region play, but it does help. We basically are fortunate to have a 12-game spring training before we get into those 14 region games."