KENNESAW – On a warm Wednesday night in the Georgia mountains, something miraculous happened.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and its season seemingly over, South Forsyth softball found a way to overcome an improbable 5-2 deficit and defeat Kennesaw Mountain 6-5 to force a decisive Game 3 Thursday night in the second round of the Class 7A state playoffs.
The seventh inning saw the Lady War Eagles collapse allowing Kennesaw Mountain to take their first lead in Game 2 going up 5-2 with only three outs to play.
With the dugout depleted and the fans seemingly losing hope, Lauren Baccari launched a one-out double down the left field line, giving South life in the bottom of the seventh. Kelly Bagarose stepped up to the plate looking to knock in Baccari from second, but grounded out, putting Kennesaw Mountain one out away from reaching the GHSA State Championships in Columbus.
South standout pitcher Katherine Huey kept the rally alive, drawing a two-out walk.
“I knew it could be my last at bat in high school ever,” Huey said. “No matter what the outcome was I knew I would leave it all on the field.”
With two outs and two on, Ginny Grace hit a RBI double scoring Baccari and advancing both runners into scoring position. Emily Harris followed with a two-out RBI double scoring both Grace and Huey to tie the game at 5-5.
Jordyn Harris completed the comeback hitting a fly ball down the right field line that caught the inside of the base line giving South a win and tying the series.
“Coach told me to bunt, but after I had two strikes I was thinking, ‘Just be you,’” Jordyn Harris said.
In Game 1, the Lady War Eagles and Kennesaw Mountain engaged in a pitcher’s duel. The Lady Mustangs plated the first and only run of the game in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI groundout from Hannah Forehand.
Kennesaw Mountain pitcher Haley Glass kept the South bats quiet. South had best opportunity to score in the top of the fifth with runners on the corners and two outs. Sarah Womack ripped a line drive, but it landed in the shortstop’s glove to end.
“The best team wins in a three-game series,” South head coach Ronnie Davis said. “I feel very confident, and the runs we gave them tonight, other than the three in the last inning, were unearned. When you have [Huey] in the circle they believe in each other.”