South Forsyth trailed 3-0 when a heavy down pour prompted a brief rain delay. When the sun came back, so did the Lady War Eagles’ confidence.
One run in the top of the seventh finally tied the game, and two more crossed the plate for South in extra innings as Ronnie Davis’ squad found a way to pull a county game out of a hat—much like they have all season—in a 5-3 win at West Forsyth on Thursday.
South second baseman Jordyn Harris put the exclamation point on the win in the bottom of the eighth by snagging a hard-hit liner by Kelly Carpenter and stepping on second to get the default runner, Alana Frye, out at second base. The double-play left one more batter for Katherine Huey, who recovered after a tough first few innings to pitch six-consecutive frames without allowing a hit. Huey’s strikeout of Abbey Poe ended the wild contest, which lasted just over two and a half hours.
South defeated West in the season opener, 5-4, just under a month ago on a walk-off.
“They remembered how the last game ended and they had a little bit to prove,” South head coach Ronnie Davis said. “They’re a very, very good team.
“Our defense played well, we got good pitching, and we just limited their base running, and it gave us an opportunity to get back into it.”
South (11-1) takes full ownership of the Region 6-AAAAAA standings with the win, improving to 9-0 in region, while West dropped to 8-2—good enough for second place in the standings--and 11-4 overall.
West head coach Justin Rickett didn’t think the weather delay factored into the contest.
“We just didn’t finish,” Rickett said. “We had a couple of opportunities to drive in some runs. We played hard, they played hard. It always seems to come down to something like this, so we’ll just have to keep working to get better.”
When play restarted in the top of the fourth, Huey reached second when a long ball to center was misplayed in the outfield. Huey came home off a single from Sophia Tapia, and Tapia scored off a bunt from Kayla Mayoros moments later to make the score 3-2. South, taking advantage of the soft infield from after the rain, successfully bunted three times in the frame.
Huey then singled in the top of the seventh with one out to bring home Harris to tie the game. In the extra inning, Lauren Baccari scored off an error, followed by an RBI single from Harris that scored Emily Harris to pad the lead at 5-3.
Jordyn Harris finished 3 for 3 at the plate with a run and an RBI, while Tapia finished a perfect 2 for 2. West’s four hits for the contest came from the top four batters in its lineup, while the last five combined to go 0 for 13.
Bailey Concatto scored the opening run for West from third in the first inning when Hayla Seitz’s steal of second gave Concatto the green light on a throw up the pipe. Concatto scored again off a double from Seitz in the following frame. Christie Carpenter scored earlier in the second on an RBI single from Concatto.