KERNERSVILLE – Pierce Suttles smacked a two-run home run over the left field fence in the fourth inning to help Hough to a 2-1 victory over East Forsyth in the first game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Division 4A Western Region baseball final Thursday night. Hough can eliminate the Eagles in Game 2 Friday night at 7 at Hough.
Spencer Venator picked up the win, pitching a complete game for the Huskies, who now have 22 wins and 10 losses. He gave up six hits, one walk and had a strikeout. After giving up a run in the first inning, Venator settled in for six innings of shut out pitching.
East Forsyth (20-8) scored in the first inning when Caleb Edwards scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Watts.
After falling behind by a run, Hough came back in the top of the fourth with what turned out to be the winning runs. Johnny Piedmont walked, then Suttles stepped to the plate and hit a fastball on a line drive over the left field fence to make it 2-1.
The Huskies avoided giving up another run in the bottom of the sixth with some good defense. When second-baseman Jarod Sobo’s throw to first went wide, first-baseman Piedmont made a diving catch to keeping an Eagles’ runner on third from scoring. East Forsyth’s next batter grounded out, stranding the runner at third and keeping the score 2-1.
In the final inning, Venator started with a strikeout. Then the Eagles hit two easy ground balls for outs that ended the game.
GAME FRIDAY AT HOUGH
Hough plays East Forsyth in what could be an elimination game Friday at 7 p.m. at Hough, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius. A victory would put the Huskies into the the 4A State Championship series. If needed, game 3 would be Saturday at 6 p.m. at East Forsyth.
- Reported by Bill Shapcott
May 25, 2012, JournalNow.com (Winston-Salem), “East Forsyth on verge of elimination”