Different look for Falcons in ‘14

By Jim Fuller jfuller@civitasmedia.com

March 13, 2014

EAST BEND — If the Falcons overpower their opponents this season, it will be from the mound; not the plate.

“Our pitching should be pretty good,” second-year Forbush Coach Denny Key said. “I have several guys capable of throwing.

“We got a couple of pretty good hitters. We don’t have as much power. Historically, we pound the ball. We’ve been very capable of hitting the fastball.”

Key expects that to change this season. “We’re going to have to learn to manufacture runs,” he said. “I got a lot of kids who are good bat swingers, but they’re not hitters. We’ll work on that all year.

“We’re capable of winning several games if we can execute.”

The Falcons are off to a 2-0 start.

Forbush baseball at a glance

Coach: Denny Key, 2nd year at Forbush (4th overall)

Conference: Western Piedmont Athletic

Class: 2A

Last Year’s Record: 14-9, lost in first round to Trinity

Returnees: Jared Williams, p-2b, Jr.; Neil Hutchens, c, Jr.; Barrett Hennings, lf-1b, Sr.; Bryson Lee, cf, Jr.; Mason Doub, p-if-of, Sr.; Brett Fulk, if-p-of, Jr.; Nelson Valerio, 3b-p, Sr.; Carson Fulp, ss, Jr.; Brad Dzeskewicz, Sr., p-1b.

Newcomers: Jack Crews, 1b-p, So.; Cameron Butner, of, Sr.; Bryce Hennings, if-of, Jr.; Jacob Penley, if-of-p, Jr.; Brady Williard, c, Jr.