South head coach Ronnie Davis switched up the lineup hoping for better results. He had to wait an extra inning, but they finally came.
After South fell down 1-0 in the first extra inning, Sarah Womack sent a bases-loaded grand slam well into the trees to give the Lady War Eagles a much-needed 4-1 win over West Forsyth on Thursday night at home.
Womack could have worn the second pitch, which probably grazed her shirt, and tied the game with one out, but the powerful hitter had other plans.
"I just had a vision," were her only words. Not much else needed to be said.
Heading into the game South (12-11, 8-4 Region 5-7A) had dropped three of its last four games against county foes without scoring a single run. It's been an odd development for a team that's also managed to score in bunches and end games early.
That's why Davis' decision to shake things up seemed so bold. He sent Lauren Baccari to the mound and Cat Rife behind the plate in a game South needed to win to keep sole possession of a No. 2 seed, which would mean home field advantage in postseason. West, entering the game with a 6-5 region mark, was right on their heels.
"We've been playing our guts out, we've just had things not go our way," Davis said. "I've told our kids over and over to stick to the process and love it, win or lose. That's what help teams get back on track."
West took a 1-0 lead in the eighth when Bailley Concatto scored off a suicide bunt from Alana Frye.
South bounced back when Emily Harris singled and Baccari walked to load the bases.
Both pitchers were strong, as Baccari had five hits, five strikeouts and two walks to her name. West's Hannah Guthrie allowed five hits, with two in the final frame, and one walk.
"I thought (Hannah) was great tonight. Both pitchers were. It just kind of didn't happen for us in the end," West head coach Justin Rickett said. "We've just got to find a way to score runs."