LaGRANGE, Ga. — East Forsyth’s run in the Class 4A state playoffs was cut short by LaGrange in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Against the ninth-ranked Grangers, the Broncos dropped a tough 3-2 decision in Game 1 when LaGrange scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. They lost 9-1 in Game 2 as LaGrange completed the sweep to advance to the semifinals.
In Game 1, LaGrange jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third on a RBI single and a sacrifice fly. East Forsyth tied the game at 2 in the fifth when Zach Aschoff doubled in Bradlee Hamby and Will Moffit singled to drive in Aschoff with two outs.
It stayed that until the sixth when the Grangers got a RBI triple with two outs.
It was a solid pitcher’s duel as Wyatt Barden went the distance for East Forsyth, scattering five hits and giving up three runs.
Trey Cook got the win for LaGrange, pitching a complete game as well, surrendering just the two runs on seven innings and striking out 10.
In Game 2, LaGrange used a seven-run fifth inning to blow open a close game. The Grangers scored twice in the third and the Broncos scored once in the bottom of the third on another RBI hit for Moffit.
In the fifth, seven straight Grangers reached base, knocking out East Forsyth starter Trey Farr, who gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Jackson Weir did not fare any better in the inning getting touched for four runs on two hits without recording an out.
Trevor Booton pitched a complete game allowing just the one run on three hits and fanned nine.