MILTON, Ga. — South Forsyth (12-8, 5-4) took the first and third game of its three-game series against Milton last week, securing third in the Region 5-AAAAAAA standings and dropping Milton (14-6, 6-3) out of first.
South Forsyth used a Grant Pierce RBI single and a Milton throwing error to earn the win in the first game of the series last Monday, 2-0. Landon Sims threw a complete game for the War Eagles, allowing just four hits and striking out five. Bradley Prince Jr. and Grant Gerberding both went 2-3 with a run scored.
Milton’s Trevor Iannone threw 6.2 innings, allowing one earned run off nine hits.
Last Wednesday’s second game of the series saw much more offense for Milton as their 15 runs was enough to end the game through the mercy-rule after the bottom of the fifth.
Milton’s 16 hits from eight batters powered them past South 15-2. Graham Pauley went 4-4 and Drew Hamrock, Ryan Murphy, Garrett Cook, John Morgan, Chandler Woolridge, Danny Grillo and Russell Megenity all had multiple RBIs. Cook hit a solo home run in the top of the first to begin the onslaught of offense from the Eagles.
Woolridge threw a complete game for the Eagles, striking out five in five innings. South’s only runs came from a two-run home run by Pearce in the bottom of the first.
In the decisive third game last Thursday, South Forsyth’s offense had success against four Milton pitchers as the War Eagles captured the series with a 7-3 win.
Nine War Eagles had a hit with Sims going 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Luc Scudellari got the start for the Eagles but would be pulled in the top of the third after giving up three straight singles, a double and throwing an error on a pickoff attempt. Down 3-0, Milan Sutaria took over on the mound but South would earn another run off a Kyle Becker RBI single.
Milton loaded the bases off a walk and singles from Cook and Woolridge in the bottom of the fourth, but a strikeout from South’s Cooper Davidson and a fly out from the next batter allowed South to escape the inning with its 4-0 lead intact.
Davidson threw a complete game for the War Eagles, giving up one earned run and striking out five.
South loaded the bases to start the top of the fifth and would score three more runs off two singles and Drew Becker stealing home.
Milton cut the deficit to 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth with two singles and a sacrifice fly, but the runs would be the last of the game.
Milton and South will put region play on hold over spring break this week. Milton will host Gardendale (AL), Hillgrove and Sequoyah this week.
South will take on Sequoyah, Etowah and Wesleyan.