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Softball: Fletcher, West edge Raiders
West Forsyths Haley Harrison dives back to first as North Forsyths Sydney Turner fields a throw from the catcher on Thursday in Coal Mountain. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Maci Fletcher came to play for West Forsyth.

With a home run and double at the plate and a role as closer in the circle, Fletcher did it all as West topped North Forsyth 5-3 in a Region 6-AAAAAA matchup at Raider Field on Thursday night.

"Maci had a big night," West head coach Justin Rickett said. "She had been struggling a little bit at the plate, so it was good to see her take some good swings tonight."

The victory kept the Lady Wolverines (6-3, 3-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) perfect in region play.

The Lady Wolverines’ offense got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the first three innings.

Erica Davis put West ahead 1-0 in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Danielle Bernstein, who reached base on an error.

After North managed one hit in the bottom of the first off of Wolverines pitcher Avery Migues, West seized the opportunity to pad its lead.

Caitlin Parks led the inning off with a double to deep left-center field. After a hit batter, Migues laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Ella Reitler took advantage of the situation with a sacrifice fly to right-center field, scoring Parks to bring the lead to 2-0.

Bernstein led off the third inning with a single and then stole second and third base. Angie Jordan rewarded Bernstein’s effort with an RBI groundout to the shortstop. After a fly out, Fletcher blasted a two-out solo home run to left field to boost the lead to 4-0.

"It was a frustrating game for us," North head coach Bud Henderson said. "We were really anxious up at the plate and got ourselves in a bind. We fell behind a lot and they got out on us early."

The Raiders responded in the bottom half of the frame with a two-out triple to right field by Brittany Smith that scored Katie York, closing the gap 4-1.

West managed to load the bases in the fourth inning, but North pitcher Andrea Coleman pitched her way out of the jam with a groundout.

Migues, who allowed five hits and one earned run, held North to another quick inning in the bottom of the frame with three straight fly outs.

Fletcher almost hit another home run in the fifth, as the ball hit the left field fence and allowed her to reach second base, but the Raiders held ground in the fifth inning and didn’t allow a run.

After a fielding error allowed Migues to reach base safely in the sixth, Reitler singled and advanced to second on another error. Rachel Mixon then took over the pitching duties from Coleman, but West took advantage of the miscues with an RBI groundout by Paighton Roushey.

West sent Fletcher to the circle in the bottom half of the inning. North led the inning off with a single from Brittany Smith and walk by Coleman.

Following a sacrifice bunt by Savannah Chapman, Sydney Turner smashed a two-run double to left field that brought the score to 5-3.

North brought the tying run to the plate after Turner’s hit, and again in the seventh inning, but Fletcher avoided any further damage.

Though the Wolverines have won all the games that really count so far, Rickett said the team needs to keep those victories in perspective.

"We haven’t accomplished anything," the coach said. "We’ve won some games and played hard in some games, but we still have work to do."