West Forsyth took over sole possession of second place in Region 6-AAAAAA Thursday night with a 5-0 shutout of North Forsyth that was grittier than the score showed.
Senior starting pitcher Kelly Carpenter survived a bases-loaded scare in the top of the fourth inning to keep the game scoreless, and the Lady Wolverines scored three of their five runs off one big hit from Abbey Poe in the bottom of the inning.
West head coach Justin Rickett likes the momentum his team built this week. The Lady Wolverines (8-3, 5-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA) earned a huge, 9-3, win over Lambert on Monday and won 7-3 over Northview on Tuesday to gain ground in region play.
“I’m super proud of our girls. It’s been a really good week,” Rickett said. “Three big wins with two county schools and playing a good Northview team, it’s a big deal. We’ve got a long ways to go, we still have to play everybody again, but I’m very proud of our girls in the way they played this week.”
Carpenter’s shutout on the mound was her third consecutive scoreless box score against the Lady Raiders according to Rickett.
“She did a great job the whole night,” Rickett said. “She gave up a couple of hits but she battled back and made the big pitches when she had to make big pitches.”
In the top of the fourth, a double from Morgan Franklin and a single from Amber Jones were followed by an error that put Peyton Martin on base to load the bags. Addie Harris then singled in what looked like the game’s first run-producing swing, but an obstruction call at first base negated the would-be RBI.
Carpenter struck out Sara King moments later to work out of the jam. Carpenter finished with seven strikeouts while she scattered six hits.
Poe’s bases-clearing triple came in the following frame after Hayla Seitz and Alana Frye reached on a walk and single, respectively. Seitz and pinch runner Mikki Adams advanced on an error charged to the third basemen that put Morgann Koepke on first. Poe’s big hit to right field fell just below the glove of the right fielder and rolled to the fence, giving runners time to clear the bags.
Seitz added insurance in the bottom of the fifth with a single that brought home Christie Carpenter, who reached earlier on a double. Poe then scored in the bottom of the sixth off a single from Carlie Behan.
West and North both totaled six hits, while North had three errors against West’s two. North’s starting pitcher, King, went through five innings with four hits, five strikeouts and a walk. She was replaced by Amber Jones in the top of the sixth.
North (10-3, 4-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA) didn’t have a happy coach when the game was over.
“We’ve got to make routine plays,” head coach Bud Henderson said. “If you don’t you’ll basically give the other team the game. They did what they needed to win, but we didn’t make it too difficult on them. It’s frustrating. We are a better team than what showed up today.”