South Forsyth head coach Ronnie Davis didn’t want his team to lose a step over fall break. Wednesday’s out-of-region game against an elite Lassiter program might have been the answer.
Starting pitcher Katherine Huey allowed just one hit, and the Lady War Eagles used some timely patience and small ball to earn a 2-0 victory against the Lady Trojans Wednesday afternoon.
The 11 a.m. start in the middle of a vacation week might not have been what the players wanted, but a big win over the current No. 3 team in the MaxPreps state rankings should make South (13-8, 8-4 Region 5-7A) gain confidence as the postseason approaches. With Lambert leading the way in region play with a perfect 13-0 mark and a clinched league title, South reminded itself its postseason ready.
“We’ve always scheduled Lassiter for a reason,” Davis said. “(Head coach) Jason Campbell always has those kids ready to go, they always play with great fundamentals, and it’s always a great opportunity for us to go up against elite competition and see where we are and where we can improve.”
Lassiter (21-4, 7-2 Region 4-7A) stands a half game back in its own region, and is two years removed from a 30-win season and won more than 20 last year. Even with the big win, Davis wasn’t entirely focused on the opponent.
“Honestly, we didn’t get the job done today,” Davis said. “I don’t know if it was me, maybe there’s something I’m doing, but we actually left some opportunities to score out there. Our runs came off plays where we kind of had them handed to us.”
Jordyn Harris, who has struggled at the plate in her junior season after earning FCN Player of the Year honors a season ago, has continued to rediscover her ability on the bags in recent games. She scored the game’s first run on Wednesday by stealing third, then scoring home on a throwing error. Harris had two stolen bases in the game.
South scored its second run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Emily Harris came around on a bases-loaded walk with Cat Rife at the plate.
Jordyn Harris finished 2 for 3 at the plate, while Sarah Womack was 1 for 3 with a double and Emily Harris was 1 for 2 with a run scored. South drew five walks against four total hits at the plate.
Huey allowed just one hit in five innings, striking out three and walking three, while Lauren Bacarri—who has seen more time on the mound in recent weeks—finished the game with three strikeouts against six batters to earn the save.
South will face Milton tomorrow, Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. and has three total games left in the region schedule to finish the regular season.