Forbush High School — As the school year is coming to a close, the Forbush Falcons baseball team is just getting fired up. The Falcons stand strong with an overall record of 23-3, and a conference record of 9-1 making them the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference Champions and Tournament Champions.
While you may think the conference tournament is it, the Falcons continue to battle their way to the top. In their first round of state playoffs, they played Madison High School reigning victory 9-0. As they climb the ladder to success, they played Draughn High School in the second round, going into extra innings tied at 0-0 with Carter Foster hitting a walk off homerun in the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 1-0.
A few players were recognized for their achievements over the season. Peyton Winebarger, a junior at Forbush, received three awards the night of the Conference Tournament Championship. Winebarger received an award for all-conference and he was presented with the defensive player of the year award. Senior Tyler Campbell, whose is committed to Catawba Valley Community College, was garnered with the prestigious award for offensive player of the year as well as the all-conference award and all-tournament.
Carter Foster, a junior at Forbush High School, was honored with tournament MVP, all-tournament, and all-conference. The honorable mention for all-conference award was given to Wesley Wood and Tanner Gregory. The rest of the all-conference awards were presented to Jamie Sheek, Jacob Shore and Blake Winebarger. The last recipient of the all tournament award was Alex Boyles. As you can see from all the awards the Falcons received we were deemed to make it to the first round state playoffs and even beyond that.
The Forbush Falcons baseball team is more than just a team, it is a family — a group of brothers cheering each other on after receiving a grand slam, getting an RBI or sliding into home for the winning run. Jamie Sheek earned the nickname “legendary” as he hit two grand slams in one inning.
For some it doesn’t end at graduation, a few Falcons will go on to play in college. However, the memories will never fade, from mud-stained pants to hearing the sweet sound of metal cleats on pavement, before-game meals, post-win celebrations, and all the moments in between.
The 50th year of the Falcons will sure be one to remember especially to those seniors who will soon graduate knowing they had the best season of their high school baseball career.
“There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.” — Tommy Lasorda.
Every member of the Falcon team is one to make it happen.
Alexis Hobson is a student at Forbush High School.