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Softball: West holds off South
Lady Wolverines win Region 6-AAAAAA opener
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West Forsyth shortstop Erica Davis fields a throw from the catcher as South Forsyths Meghan Rud slides into second base on Tuesday at War Eagle Field. - photo by Jared Putnam

It took an inning for West Forsyth’s bats to heat up, but one more turn at the plate was all they needed.

The Lady Wolverines scored three runs in the top of the second and held on for a 4-2 win over South Forsyth in the Region 6-AAAAAA opener on Tuesday at War Eagle field.

"It’s always important to get a region win," West head coach Justin Rickett said. "I don’t feel like we put everything together and played perfect, but I feel like we played well."

Senior Maci Fletcher led off the second inning for West (2-0, 1-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) and reached on an error. Two batters later, Jessica Bagwell singled up the middle to put runners on the corners.

Sophomore Paighton Roushey took advantage and delivered the game’s first run with a hit to left-center field. Ella Rietler then walked to load the bases for Angie Jordan.

Jordan capitalized on her opportunity with a line drive double over the third baseman that allowed two runs to cross the plate and boost the lead to 3-0.

"We can’t let any [scoring] opportunity go to waste," Rickett said, "but the second inning is one we took advantage of and it was potentially the difference."

After a two-out double in the third inning by South’s Meghan Rud and a walk by Allie Baccari, the War Eagles (0-4-1, 0-1) had the tying run at the plate in senior Amanda Rutowski. Rutowski hit the ball deep to center field, but West’s Danielle Bernstein tracked it down for the final out of the inning.

Both teams often struggled at the plate with runners on base, stranding eight apiece.

Fletcher limited South to two extra base hits. The Wolverines’ ace pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and two earned runs while striking out two.

"She’s pitched here for three years, Rickett said. "She’s got a great future and she’ll continue pitching [in college] next year. She’s a good pitcher."

The War Eagles cut into the lead playing small ball in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Caitlyn Reeves singled and Fankie Catinella moved her over to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Reeves advanced to third base on a passed ball and later scored on an RBI single to center field by Allison White, closing the gap 3-1.

West drew two walks to start the sixth inning and punched in an insurance run on an RBI single from Bernstein to left field. South pitcher Kaylyn Young struck out eight while allowing two earned runs in seven innings of work.

South tried to rally in the seventh inning with an RBI double to left field by Rutowski that scored Rud and brought the tying run to the plate, but an infield pop out and a fly out ended the game.

Rud finished the game 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and two stolen bases.

Eight of West’s starters reached base at least once in the win.