SUWANEE – West Forsyth baseball saw its season come to an end with 16-7 and 11-4 losses at Collins Hill in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs Friday on the road.
Collins Hill came out with a bang in the first game of the doubleheader.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, the Eagles’ second baseman, Nasim Nunez was on first. West’s left-handed starter Jay Thompson fooled the freshman with a great pickoff move, but the speedster was able to get out of the pickle and dove back safely into first.
Two pitches later, William Holland took Thompson’s pitch down the right field line for a two-run home run to the opposite field. But the Eagles weren’t done there. After back to back walks, Riley King belted a three-run bomb down the left field line, putting the Eagles up 6-0.
Holland ended up going 4-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored, while King went 3-for-3 with six RBI.
West (15-13) didn’t go down easy. The Wolverines got three runs back in the top of the fourth, thanks to a two-run double from Hank Flood, making it 6-3.
Then Collins Hill opened it back up in the bottom of the fourth. The Eagles strung together eight runs on eight hits, seven of which were singles, to take a commanding 14-3 lead.
In the top of the fifth, West’s Mason McWhorter responded by launching a grand slam over the right-center field fence, making it 14-7. But that was as close as the game got.
The Eagles kicked things off in the top of the first of Game 2 as a Zabowski single drove in Caleb Watson from third to gain the early 1-0 lead.
Wolverines game two starter Hank Flood struggled with command in the second frame as two hit-by-pitches and a single loaded the bases to start the inning. Flood plunked second-baseman Nasim Nunez to score the first of what would be six runs by Collins Hill, highlighted by a Cole Zabowski three-run double to make it 7-0.
After being held silent by Collins Hill starter Spencer Douches through three innings, West cashed in two runs on a single by Flood that was misplayed by the Eagles leftfielder to cut the deficit to 7-2.
The Wolverine lineup touched up the senior right-hander for runs in the fifth and the sixth following an RBI double by sophomore catcher Indiana Stanley and a run-scoring groundout by Flood to make it 4-3.
Collins Hill quelled any hopes for a comeback with three runs in the top of the seventh to end West’s season.
“I think the biggest difference in this game was that we left a lot of pitches up in the strike zone. We left them a lot of balls up in the zone and that makes it easy to hit,” stated West Forsyth head coach Mike Pruitt said. “We had good pitching and played defense particularly well all season-long and we didn’t do either of those things particularly well. We set them up in good situations where they could just free-swing and do what they do best.”