An untouchable pitching performance, a seven inning offensive performance, and a near no-hitter lead the South Forsyth War Eagles past Forsyth Central with a 7-0 win on Tuesday night.
Coming into Tuesday night's matchup between two of the original Forsyth county heavyweights, South (7-5, 5-1) was riding a four game win streak that put them a game behind county rival Lambert in Region 5-7A. Unlike the Lady War Eagles, Central (3-6, 1-4) has yet to find an identity for themselves falling to (1-4) in region play.
Tuesday night promised to be a good one as both teams were in need of a victory to take a step in the right direction heading into Central’s Invite this weekend. South would send out Katherine Huey who looked to gain momentum going into the weekend. Central would tap Gina Fishler as she looked to gain confidence from her outing against Lambert the week prior.
The contest would escalate quickly as South would lead the game off with a walk only for Emily Harris to be knocked in two at bats later by Bianca Mora to take an early 1-0 lead. Mora would finish the night leading the Lady War Eagles going 3-4 with 2 singles, a double, and four RBI’s.
Central’s Fishler would go on to limit the damage in the early innings of the contest holding South to 2 runs through two innings, but the bats for the Lady War Eagles would explode in the third as South plated four more off of Lauren Baccari’s RBI double, Mora’s two out single, and Sarah Womack’s shot to the gap to extend the lead to 6-0.
“We have to keep battling,” said Central head coach Kaelin Farrington. “This region is way too good to have errors in the field. We have to be able to make adjustments.”
. Things would get interesting in the bottom of the fifth as South’s defense handed Central a gift in the shape of a fielding error. With Huey’s perfect game no longer intact the game focused on how she would handle the next at bat, and she handled it flawlessly as she struck out the batter ending the inning.
“She stayed aggressive,” said South head coach Ronnie Davis. “You have to be efficient and not waste pitches. Anytime you can give your pitcher a lead early in a game it settles them to where they don’t have to be perfect.”
Huey would go on to shut down the Lady Bulldogs through five complete innings as she headed into the bottom of the sixth leading Central 7-0. It wasn’t until two outs in the bottom of the sixth that Huey surrendered her first hit to Central’s Grace as she drove a single into the outfield ending Huey’s chances of throwing a no-hitter.
South would send Huey back out in the bottom of the seventh to finish a near perfect complete game, and she would end the game the way she started getting the first three batters out sealing South’s 7-0 victory over Central.
“It helps when you have an offense behind you,” said Huey. “If I throw strikes and get ground balls I don’t have to do all the work.”
With the win the Lady War Eagles push their current win streak to five heading into Thursday’s showdown with Lambert. The Lady Bulldogs will look to get back on track as they play host to West Forsyth in a makeup game Wednesday afternoon.