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Softball: South Forsyth splits with Brookwood in opener
Hannah Marchman
South Forsyth pitcher Hannah Marchman delivers a pitch Wednesday during the War Eagles' 11-2 win against Brookwood in Game 1 of the Class 7A playoffs. - photo by David Roberts

Hannah Marchman's outing looked more impressive after every Brookwood hit.

Marchman, who watched Game 2 from the dugout after taming the Broncos' offense in Game 1, went five innings in the opener, giving up one earned run on three hits in South Forsyth's 11-2 win.

But Brookwood's offense wasn't as docile in the second game.

The Broncos pounded 14 hits, including five extra-base hits, in Game 2 on their way to a 10-2 blowout of South Forsyth, forcing a decisive Game 3 at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"That's what we talked about rolling into the second game, is that this team isn't going to make it easy," South Forsyth head coach Leanne Brooks said. "So, we can't go in thinking that just because we run-ruled them in Game 1 that we're going to walk away with Game 2. They came out and they got after it. They hit the ball very well."

Brookwood scored four runs in the first inning of Game 2, aided by a pair of errors by South shortstop Ruthie Allen.

Jaryn Gibson broke the game open later in the inning with a two-run home run, her second homer of the day. Gibson was a nightmare of South, finishing 3 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

South freshman Ansley Chiang singled in Makenna Segal in the fifth inning, and Allen's RBI single cut South's deficit to 4-2 in the sixth.

But Brookwood batted around in the bottom half of the frame, piling six hits on top of another error and an intentional walk, including a two-run single by Thalia Martin that enforced the mercy rule..

Isabel Hui
South Forsyth senior Isabel Hui, center, congratulates teammate Ruthie Allen Wednesday during the War Eagles' 11-2 win in Game 1. - photo by David Roberts
"We didn't take care of the ball," Brooks said. "(Katie) Traynor, early on she was pitching a great game, and we had errors. In the first inning when they scored four, if we didn't have two of the errors, they wouldn't have scored. Same thing in the last inning. So, we didn't back up our pitcher."

Traynor pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 10 runs — six earned — on 14 hits while striking out two and walking one.

It provided a stark comparison to Game 1, where the War Eagles exploded for 11 runs on eight hits.

Ashley Chu
South Forsyth sophomore Ashley Chu bunts a ball Wednesday during the War Eagles' 11-2 win in Game 1. - photo by David Roberts
Isabel Hui drove in five runs, finishing 2 for 4 with a run scored. Ashley Chu had two hits and Allen led South's offense with a perfect 3-for-3 outing.

"In Game 1, we put 11 runs on the board and in Game 2 we only scored two," Brooks said. "So, it was definitely quite a different approach at the box, and that's something that you as a coach can't fix. That's something that they have to do mentally and be able to make an adjustment."

Marchman was efficient, too, needing just 51 pitches to get through five innings. 

Brooks pointed to a difference in pitching styles that challenged the defense in contrasting ways.

The only ground ball out in Game 1 came when Leah Palmer bunted out to South first baseman Makenna Segal.

Brookwood hit four ground balls in the first inning alone in Game 2, reaching on two of them.

"We didn't have a single ground ball in Game 1. All of our outs were in the air," Brooks said. "So, Game 2, I think it was maybe the first or second ground balls that we have an error." 

Brooks did not specify who will start Game 3 for the War Eagles.