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Softball: South Forsyth digs deep to come back against North Forsyth
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South Forsyth's Makenna Segal reacts coming into home plate after hitting a home run against North Forsyth on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

South Forsyth made a thrilling comeback to beat North Forsyth 10-7 and move into first place in the region. 

“I just thought that we never really gave up, and we really dug deep,” South’s Lauren Baccari said. “We came together as a team and grinded it out.” 

North (11-8, 7-4 in Region 5-7A) came out raking to start the game. The first three batters of the game hit a single, a triple, and a double. They got three extra-base hits in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead. 

In the top of the second, the Raiders extended their lead to 6-0 after Mallorie Black’s RBI double and Abby Martin’s RBI single. Black went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Martin went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run. 

South (10-7, 8-3) struck back in the bottom of the third when freshman Makenna Segal belted a three-run homerun to center. And Segal wasn’t done there. 

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North Forsyth's Haley Simpson slides safely into second base on a stolen base attempt against South Forsyth on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

In the bottom of the sixth, the War Eagles got something going again. South loaded the bases with nobody out and walked in a run before North was forced to take Mackenzie Marvin out of the game. Sarah Lowe came into the game and didn’t have much more success. She walked in two more runs before Segal hit a grand slam down the left field line, putting South up 10-7.  

Segal went 2-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI in the game. The grand slam was her third of the season, and she credits her success with the bases loaded to her mindset at the plate. 

“I just try to stay calm,” Segal said. “Because I know that even if I don’t get a hit, Cat [Rife] is behind me and LB is on the mound and she’s a great pitcher, so I just try to do the best I can for the team.” 

Despite getting into early trouble, allowing six runs in the first two innings, Baccari battled and went the distance for the War Eagles. Over seven innings she allowed 12 hits, three walks, and seven earned runs, while striking out three, but over the final five innings, she allowed just one run on five hits. 

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South Forsyth's Lauren Baccari throws a pitch against North Forsyth on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

She got some help in the top of the sixth when Morgan Kilmer robbed Black of a home run down the left field line. It would’ve been Black’s fourth hit and third extra-base hit of the game. 

“We had a game earlier this year that we got down early and kinda doubted ourselves a little bit,” South head coach Ronnie Davis said. “We gotta stick with it and keep grinding. Even when the wheels are a little wobbly and about to fall off, you cant let ‘em fall off. You gotta reach out the window and hold ‘em on.” 

The teams came into the game tied for second in the region behind Lambert. But with its win and Lambert's 1-0 loss to West on Tuesday, South takes its latest turn atop the standings. 

“I think it just gives us the confidence that anything can happen,” Baccari said, “And we’ll see where it goes from there.”