EAST BEND — Logan Wood drove in two runs and Sydney Miller took a no-hitter into the seventh as Forbush advanced to the fourth round of the 2A West playoffs with a 4-1 win over West Wilkes Tuesday night.
Forbush will host the winner of the West Stanly-East Davidson game for a berth in the state semifinals.
West Wilkes, the reigning 1A champions and the current Mountain Valley Athletic Conference champions, came in riding an eight-game winning. They had outscored their opponents 96-15 during that stretch.
But Miller kept the Blackhawks at bay and the defense did the job behind her as the Falcons won their seventh in a row, improving to 20-4.
Wood’s first RBI came on a two-out single, scoring Savannah Yale who had doubled with one out in the first. Wood’s second RBI came after Allison Mitchell walked; moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Yale; and moved to third on an error. Wood then lifted a fly ball deep to right to score Mitchell.
“Logan is just a good hitter period,” Forbush Coach Rachel Davis said. “To only be a sophomore she is very disciplined at the plate.”
Miller helped herself with a leadoff double in the second. One out and a passed ball later, Marissa Lineberry drove in a run with a groundout.
Mitchell started the fifth with a triple, but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a squeeze play. Yale, who reached base on the play would later score on an error.
“They gave us a few tonight,” Davis said. “We executed on them.
“When they give you a gift you have take advantage of it. We were a scrappy team tonight.”
Davis said her team knew their opponent well. The former MVAC rivals have played several games the past few years.
“They’ve got good pitching,” Davis said. “You never know if you can count on hitting or take advantage of the small stuff.”
Tuesday night it was “the small stuff.” But Davis still doesn’t think her team has put it all together. “I still don’t think the girls have shown everything they can do in one ball game. One through nine in the lineup can hit.”
Davis said she wasn’t aware Miller was working on a no-hitter in the seventh. “Sydney did great,” she said. “Her and Marissa work well together. [West Wilkes] is such a good hitting team.”
The Blackhawks, held without a hit for 6.2 innings and no baserunners beyond first, finally started to make some noise with two outs in the seventh. Madison Huffman blooped a single to left to break up the no-hitter and Emily Visnic walked before Michelle Noble punched a single up the middle to drive in a run.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, Visnic tried to take third on the play and was easily thrown out.
West Wilkes Coach Michael Woodruff was disappointed in his team’s defensive effort Tuesday. He said during the winning streak he “could always depend on our defense.
“They’re a good team,” Woodruff said of Forbush. “Those type of errors will beat you.”
Woodruff said his senior class leaves as the most decorated class in West Wilkes history. They leave with three conference championships, two conference tournament championships, and last year’s state title.
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WW: Courtney Lackey and Madison Huffman. F: Sydney Miller and Marissa Lineberry. 2B: Savannah Yale (F), Miller. 3B: Allison Mitchell (F).
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.