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Softball: South Forsyth bats explode in first inning, cruise past West Forsyth
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Forsyth County News

South Forsyth softball picked up right where it left off the night before when it took the field at home Tuesday evening.

After using a six-run fifth inning to defeat upstart North Forsyth 8-0 in a shortened game on Monday, the Lady War Eagles used a nine-hit, nine-run first frame to set up another five-inning contest, prevailing over West 11-2.

Six South batters had multi-hit nights, led by an emerging star in five-hole hitter Cat Rife. The junior had two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI to headline the electric evening at the plate.

"Cat is really a key for us this year," South head coach Ronnie Davis said. "With her behind Ashley (Womack), she's just another player who has power in our lineup."

Rife and starting pitcher Katherine Huey had doubles with two RBI in consecutive at-bats to highlight the big first inning.

West's starting pitcher Hannah Guthrie gained composure and held steady through the next two innings, but South struck again in the fourth when Rife's second double scored Karly Donaldson (pinch running for Bianca Mora). Huey brought home Rife for the game's final score.

Overall, South had Emily Harris, Mora, Womack and Kayla Mayoros all with two singles.

"Any time you can play two region games against tough competition and only go five innings, especially two nights in a row, it's a huge plus, Davis said.

Huey finished with five strikeouts on the mound as well.

A highlight for West were two impressive catches on the hot corner from third baseman Abbey Poe.

After falling to Lambert and South consecutive days, West head coach Justin Rickett wants to put the early week behind them.

"We were very competitive last night, we came out today and eventually did some nice things, but it was just one of those nights,” Rickett said. “We need to refocus and move on."