South Forsyth used the long ball and steady pitching to cruise past North Forsyth Tuesday evening, winning 10-1 in five innings to take the season series against the Lady Raiders.
Three Lady War Eagles went yard as Katherine Huey, Ashley Womack and Jordyn Harris each had home runs. Womack hit a two-run shot, scoring Lauren Baccari, while Huey and Harris hit solo home runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively.
Overall, South (8-6) improved to 6-2 in Region 5-7A play, keeping hold of second place behind undefeated Lambert, and is now 5-1 in the last six contests dating back to the first game against North, which was also a shortened afair.
The Lady War Eagles' offense is continuing to look reminiscent of last year's team that dominated through the late stretch of the season and into the first few rounds of the playoffs. On Tuesday night every player in the lineup had a hit, with three batters logging multi-hit performances in Bianca Mora (2-3, two RBI), Jordyn Harris (2-2, two runs, RBI) and Kelly Bagarose (3-3, one run). South totaled 13 total hits and five extra-base hits, yet head coach Ronnie Davis isn't ready to claim his team has met its full potential.
“Not until we string a few games like that together,” Davis said. “We've done it, we've done it in region play where we've hit the ball well, played defense and won those short games, but we also are coming off a game against Lambert where we didn't score a single run.”
Still, Davis was pleased with Tuesday's performance, where the Lady War Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game when Mora's double scored Kayla Mayoros and Baccari.
South beat North (9-5, 4-4) 8-0 two weeks ago.
“The thing is, when you've done that already you worry about that team really getting after you, but we scored early again tonight and that helped us stay within our game,” Davis said.
Huey had a strong night on the mound, allowing just three hits, striking out four and giving up one walk. North's best chance at turning the tide was when they had runners on the corners following two errors in the fourth. Bella Caracciolo already came home off an RBI single from Abbie Martin, but the next North at-proved proved costly when a 1-3-2 double-play took away the run at home and left the score 4-1.
North head coach Bud Henderson knows his team is still in control of its own postseason life.
“The thing about playing South is, we know they are always going to have strong pitching and I think that gives the entire team confidence,” Henderson said. “They're a very good team, they field well. You have to be as consistent as them every time you play them.”
Both teams committed three errors in the contest, with South having two in a row to put North in scoring position in the fourth.
Emily Harris also had a run and an RBI for the Lady War Eagles.