Chad Faircloth homered, Jarrett Mullins tripled and four other players had multiple base hits in Forbush’s 15-5 baseball win over North Wilkes last Tuesday night.
The Falcons, who were rained out the rest of the week, improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference with the victory.
Both teams scratched in the opening inning, then Forbush scored in each of the next four frames. An eight-run fifth invoked the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth.
Justin Williams went 3-for-4 for the Falcons, scoring three runs. Hayden Boles earned the win from the mound and went 2-for-2 at the plate. Nathaniel Hodges and Caleb Brawley both were 2-for-4, with one of Hodges’ hits being a double.
Samuel Brawley had a double and two RBIs. Brett Baity and Cole Hensley also collected hits in the contest.
North Wilkes pitchers issued eight walks. Both teams committed three errors.
Boles pitched all five innings for Forbush, striking out three and scattering nine hits.
The Falcons’ other wins this season have come against Ashe County (12-0) and Surry Central (9-5). Losses were against East Wilkes (3-0) and Lake Norman (6-1).
The Falcons played West Wilkes at home Wednesday (after press time for this issue), will host West Stokes today (Thursday) and will visit rival Starmount tomorrow. Next week brings games against North Surry, Elkin and Alleghany.
FORBUSH 2, WEST FORSYTH 1: The Falcons clamped down after giving up a run in the top of the first inning.
Forbush tied the contest 1-1 in the bottom of the second, then plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Shey Stillman got the win from the mound for Forbush. Paige Hauser and Leslie Long each had key hits for the Falcons (2-0).
FORBUSH 17, NORTH WILKES 3: The Falcons scored early and often in a five-inning victory over the Vikings last Tuesday
Forbush scored two runs in the first, five in the second, seventh in the third and three in the fourth to earn a mercy-rule decision.
The gaudy stat sheet included these numbers: Cali Baity 3-for-3 with four RBIs; Jessica Hinkle 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI; Lynsey Mathis 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Ciera Cockerham 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; Leslie Long 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Lynae Driver 1-for-3 with an RBI, Stephanie Poindexter 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Paige Hauser also had a hit. Driver was the winning pitcher.
North Wilkes had a short-lived 3-0 lead after top of the first inning.
FORBUSH WINS MOUNT AIRY INVITE: Tyler Morgan shot a 42 for runner-up honors, and the Falcons edged West Stokes by a stroke in the four-team Mount Airy Granite Bears Invitational at Cross Creek Country Club last week.
Matt Cain and Justin Neimeyer both fired a 45 for Forbush, tying for fourth place.
The Falcons compiled a 181 team total, followed by West Stokes 182, Mount Airy 187 and Elkin 190. Mount Airy’s Cory Hodges was the medalist, recording a 40 on the par-36 layout.
Track and Field
STARMOUNT BOYS SHINE IN STOKES: Antonio McClelland won three events, and Starmount’s boys placed first in a three-way track meet last week at North Stokes.
The reigning state champion in the long jump won that event for the Rams with a leap of 20 feet. He also placed first in the triple jump (43-7) and high jump (6-2).
Starmount senior Aaron Combs won the 400 meters and 800 meters.
The Rams finished with 110.5 team points, topping North Stokes (82.5) and Forbush (68). Christian Hurt won the 110 hurdles for Starmount (18.11). The Rams placed first in both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Forbush won the sprint relays (4x100 and 4x200). Casey Evans crossed the line first for the Falcons in the 100 and 200 meters. KC Winters won the 3,200 meters.
North Stokes won the girls meet with 117 points. Starmount edged Forbush 70-54 for runner-up honors.
Starmount’s India Martin won the 100 meters and placed second behind Forbush’s Laken Renegar in the 200. Kelli Bonner crossed first in the 400 meters for the Rams. The junior also won the triple jump.
Yadkin runners won both girls hurdles events — Forbush’s Jordan Foster in the 100 and Starmount’s Amber Wooten in the 300. The Rams aced the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, with Forbush cruising to victory in the 4x800.
STARMOUNT UPDATE: Weather got the best of Starmount in a tight game with Elkin on Saturday afternoon. A heavy shower mixed with hail forced umpires to call the game in the sixth inning, with the Rams trailing the rival Buckin’ Elks 7-6.
Chase Thompson and Will Smith each had two hits for Starmount, with Thompson scoring twice and driving home a pair of runs. Smith had one RBI. Zach Worley had one hit and two RBIs. Samuel Stone had a single.
Brett Pinnix and Worley shared pitching duties, striking out a combined six batters while giving up nine hits and three hits.
Starmount’s JVs were 2-2 coming into this week, with victories over West Wilkes (13-3) and Ashe County (11-7). East Surry beat the Rams 5-4 on March 5.
Worley earned the pitching wins against both West Wilkes and Ashe.
Fondae McDaniel hit a grand slam in the Ashe game, while Will Smith was 4-for-4 with three RBIs. McDaniel, Chase Thompson, Worley and Austin Somers each had two hits in that contest.
Eugene Billips was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in the West Wilkes victory.