After having its six-game winning streak snapped over the weekend against Milton, South Forsyth got back in a groove Tuesday night with a 10-0 shutout over county-rival North Forsyth at Coal Mountain.
Jordyn Harris led the offensive onslaught from the Lady War Eagles, who finished the contest with 13 hits, five extra-base hits including two home runs, and five steals. Harris went 3 for 4 at the plate and was a home run away from the cycle, scoring three runs and racking up four RBIs. Her bases-clearing triple in the top of the seventh concluded South's offensive output.
Head coach Ronnie Davis felt like it was the steadiness of starting pitcher Katherine Huey that actually relaxed Harris and others at the plate.
“This game is so centered around pitching and when you've got one that's pretty good, it's just a different feeling from a player's standpoint because they don't feel like they have to be perfect. They can relax a little bit, and that kind of encompasses the whole team,” Davis said.
The game was close through the first four frames at 3-0, with North putting pressure on Huey with six hits through that time, but the Lady Raiders couldn't find their way all the way around the horn.
"We threatened a couple of times early and didn't get the hits we needed,” North coach Bud Henderson said. “We had a decent pitching outing that kept us close in the beginning. They had two or three lucky breaks and a few what we thought were bad calls here or there, but they just beat us. They were more confident than we were. We've got a lot of work to do.”
Bianca Mora had a solo home run in the top of the fifth to extend the score to 4-0, and Sofia Tapia broke the game open with a two-run blast in the next frame that just missed a few pick up trucks parked in center field, bringing home Kayla Mayoros. Mayoros finished the game 4 for 4 with two runs scored.
South improved to 9-2 and a perfect 7-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA, while the Lady Raiders moved to 10-4 and 4-3 in the league standings.
“We played a very good ball game. We were focused, we were aggressive every opportunity and we didn't leave too many out there, especially early. We scored two early and we didn't really strand anyone,” Davis said.
Bella Caracciolo was the lone North batter to record multiple hits at the plate with two against Huey. Huey finished with six hits allowed and two walks against seven strikeouts for a complete game. North starer Sara King allowed seven hits and two walks against one strikeout through five innings before getting relief from Amber Jones and Courtney Walls.
Freshman Karly Donaldson had three steals for South.