EAST BEND — The Forbush Falcons opened up their third round of the NCHSAA playoffs by taking on East Davidson on Tuesday night. Both teams came into the game with impressive records, 23-2 (Forbush) and 22-4 (East Davidson). The Falcons knew they would have to battle to the end to beat the Eagles, and they did just that as they won 2-0.
Logan Wood and Sydney Miller both had impressive games for the Falcons. Miller threw four strikeouts, and only gave up four base hits in seven innings and Wood helped score the only two runs for the Falcons.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Sydney. She just faced a really good lineup with some really good hitters in there,” said Coach Jeremy Helton after the game. “She executed our game plan very well. We had a plan and she had a great job hitting those spots.”
While Miller was dominate on the field, Wood was dominate for the Falcons in the batter’s box. In the fourth inning, Wood stepped up to the plate and smashed the ball over the center field fence to earn herself a solo home run and give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. In the bottom sixth inning, Wood was back at it again in the batter’s box as she found herself at the plate with a 1-2 count and one out. She found the perfect pitch and the ball sailed over the right fielders head to give Wood a double, and bring Allison Mitchell across the plate to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead.
“It’s hard to get runs across on a really good pitcher,” said Wood after the game. “She had been throwing the high pitch and the change up, so I knew it was going to be one or the other. I just expected it, and I hit it.”
The Falcons’ defensive tactics stood up in the top of the fourth inning. With the score level 0-0, the Eagles were looking for their go-ahead run, but Forbush left fielder Brooke Hardy had a different idea. Hardy made a great play from left field to stop the Eagles from scoring just as Misty Thompson was making her way towards home plate. Hardy relayed the ball to Taylor Wooten at shortstop, who threw it home to Marissa Lineberry, who then tagged Thompson just as she was about to cross the plate. In the sixth inning, the Falcons’ defense showed up once again as Wooten and Mitchell both laid out to make two separate diving catches.
“We’ve always had a player that gets up and gets things going for us, and today it was Logan. I have a bunch of seniors that want it this year,” said Helton. “Everyone stepped up today — we had people laying out and diving to make catches. It was a team effort.”
With the win, the Falcons move on to the fourth round where they will face West Wilkes on Friday night, weather permitting.
“I’m extremely proud of our team as a whole. Everyone took part in this game. We have players in the dugout who want it just as much as the girl’s on the field,” said Helton. “That’s where our success is going to continue to grow this season.”
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.