Having only one win in its last six games, including three scoreless efforts, South Forsyth knew its first matchup with North Forsyth would be an opportunity to make a statement and remind itself why it’s the defending region champion.
The Lady War Eagles probably didn’t think they’d make that statement in one inning. South scored six runs in the top of the fifth and finished off a shortened affair to shut out upstart North 8-0 in five innings Monday night at Coal Mountain.
South (4-6, 2-1 Region 5-7A) is now in the winning side of the region standings after a tough start to open the season against elite competition.
“Everything has been about mental process with us,” South head coach Ronnie Davis said. “Our kids have been motivated, but it’s about how they go about their day-to-day stuff. It’s not like we didn’t have the energy early on the year, but I think especially after falling to Lambert that it takes more to win.”
South showcased an offense that looked much more like the one that led them to Columbus last season. The Lady War Eagles notched 12 hits in five frames with the top-third of the lineup going 7 of 12 with three runs scored and two RBI. Emily Harris was 3 of 4 from the leadoff spot, while Lauren Bacarri and Bianca Mora—recently committed to Georgia Tech—were 2 of 4.
Overall the Lady War Eagles had five doubles—Cat Rife had two to account for both of her hits, while Harris, Mora and starting pitcher Katherine Huey also reached second on swings.
South took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame when Mora’s extra-base knock brought home Harris. After Huey doubled pinch runner Izzy Frank came home off a throwing error in the top of the fourth.
The game remained 2-0, with Huey holding a no-hitter until the fourth, when South’s bats started to effect North’s starting pitcher Sara King. King was pulled in the fifth in favor of Ashton Bruce, but the next two runs came off another North error. After that the flood gates opened up.
North head coach Bud Henderson felt like South was getting ahead on King when he pulled her.
“We went through the lineup twice and they were starting to figure her out, hitting her well,” Henderson said. “I felt like it was time to make a change and maybe throw them off a little bit, but we played back, they got some balls in play. Really, they just were hitting well and everywhere we weren’t. But we can’t make two errors and expect to beat a team like them. We’ll regroup and hope next time the score is reversed.”
North falls to 6-2 on the season and 2-1 in region play.