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Softball: South Forsyth holds off Mountain View for first-round sweep
South Forsyth's Jordyn Harris races to first base against Mountain View on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

South Forsyth outlasted Mountain View in the first round of the state playoffs, sweeping the doubleheader Thursday with a 5-4 win in nine innings in Game 1. Game 2 almost went extra innings as well, but South scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh to defeat the Lady Bears 3-2 and earn a trip to the second round where they will host Parkview. 

It didn’t look as if the first game was going to be all that close after South Forsyth freshman Makenna Segal started her night with a two-run homer in the first inning. 

South (17-8) added another and led the game throughout. They were one out away from securing a 3-1 win until Mountain View catcher Vic Eaton hit a two-RBI single. 

South Forsyth's Lauren Baccari delivers a pitch against Mountain View on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia
The Lady War Eagles went from a single out away from victory to a single out away from defeat after Mountain View (5-19) scored in the top of the eighth inning. 

Down 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eight, Segal came up to bat. 

“I was a little nervous,” Segal said. “But at the same time, I knew that all I had to do was get a base hit and Cat (Rife) behind me was going to get a hit.”

Nice would be a good way to describe the solo homerun Segal hit in the bottom of eighth with South down to its last out.

“She’s been doing it all year,” South Forsyth coach Ronnie Davis said. “She had two homeruns against North that pretty much singlehandedly won us the game there. 

“She gave us a chance.” 

Senior Jordyn Harris took advantage of that chance and with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and two outs, South’s lead-off batter hit the walk-off RBI single that sent everyone in the Lady War Eagle dugout into a frenzy. 

“Davis always tells me to just be me and find a way to get on,” Harris said. “Don’t do too much and that’s all I was thinking.” 

Despite all the excitement that comes with a walk-off win, there was still another game to be played. 

The 30-minute break between games didn’t seem to stop South’s momentum, however, as Harris started off Game 2 with a lead-off double and the Lady War Eagles scored two runs in the first inning. 

South Forsyth's Kelley Bagarose swings at a pitch against Mountain View on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

Going extra innings in a doubleheader takes a toll on a pitcher, and South’s starting pitcher Lauren Baccari was only able to go 4 2/3 innings in the second game after throwing over 150 pitches in nine innings in Game 1. 

After Mountain View scored on back-to-back RBI doubles to tie the game 2-2 in the fourth, Baccari was replaced by freshman Hannah Marchman, who has spent most of the season pitching for the junior varsity team and only varsity action came early in the season. 

“We had to roll the dice a little bit,” Davis said. “And she stepped up. It was her time to shine.” 

Marchman gave up just two hits in 3 1/3 innings. The freshman was credited with the win after Morgan Kilmer started the seventh inning with a lead-off single for South. Kilmer was able to advance to second and then took third after Harris hit a grounder for the first out. 

During the next at-bat, the Mountain View pitcher threw a wild pitch that looked like it was going to get past the catcher. It didn’t, but it caused Kilmer to creep off third base enough for the catcher to try and throw her out. 

The throw got past the third basemen, and Kilmer had just enough time to get up from her slide back into third, turn around and make a running slide into home for the game-winning run to advance the Lady War Eagles into the next round of the state playoffs.