It took 11 innings, but in the end, Forbush fell in game one of the 2A Softball State Championship against South Granville in Raleigh Friday night.
Tied at 1-1, South Granville’s Savannah Tilley reached on an infield single before a double by Megan White sent her home for the walkoff win.
With the loss, Forbush must win game two Saturday at 11 a.m. if they want to keep their title hopes alive. Forbush was hitting the ball solidly late in the game, and had an opportunity with the bases loaded in extras, but the chance slipped away. Regardless, Coach Jeremy Helton was still proud of the team.
““That was a heckuva ballgame,” Helton said. “Sydney [Miller] pitched great and our defense was great. Sydney dug in and pitched her tail off.”
Despite the team falling short, they can look at junior Sydney Miller’s performance and be confident they can come back strong Saturday morning. Both pitchers on both sides pitched the entire time, and it was a grueling test for both Miller and South Granville’s Miranda Baxter.
Sophomore Kelsey Swaim had the lone RBI for Forbush in the top of the second inning with a double.
If Forbush is able to win game two Saturday morning at 11 a.m, then game three is scheduled for later that day at 6 p.m for the championship. Calling them the comeback kids, they’ve left little doubt that they can fight through adversity, which makes Saturday morning’s game that much more exciting.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.