GREENSBORO — On June 14-17, the 2018 Powerade State Baseball Games took place on the campuses on UNC Greensboro and Grimsley High School. Baseball players from around the state of North Carolina were invited to play on the team that represented their region. East Wilkes and Forbush were both represented on the Region 7 team.
Trey Lambert represented the Cardinals, while Tallon Flynn represented the Falcons. Forbush baseball coach Jack Moss was the Region 7 head coach.
“I really enjoyed the kids this year, they played hard,” said Moss. “This is time for them to showcase their abilities and show colleges what they have. This is the biggest underclassman showcase for high school kids in North Carolina. Every college in the state is here and other states are here as well.”
Players from Davie, Lake Norman, Mooresville, Hickory, South Iredell and a handful of other schools in the region joined the athletes from Forbush and East Wilkes. This was Flynn and Lambert’s first year playing in the Powerade State Games.
Region 7 played three games over the course of three days. On Thursday, Region 7 played a hard fought game, but their opponents came away with the win. On Friday, Region 7 played Region 4, and both teams had a hard time in the batters box. Region 7 accumulated only two hits the whole game, while Region 4 came away with three hits. Region 4 was able to come away with the win to hand Region 7 its second loss.
On Saturday, in the final game of pool play, Region 7 had a tough time in the better’s box accumulating two hits. Flynn was able to put together a top performance on the mound, as he had five strikeouts and threw at his top speed of 87 MPH.
“It was fun, I bonded really well with my teammates and the other teams were competitive,” said Flynn. “I learned a lot of stuff. With Coach Moss, you always get a lot of knowledge from him. I also learned a lot from the other coaches as well.”
“Every kid we have can throw 85 plus, and Tallon is one of those guys where he can touch 87 and 88 MPH,” said Moss. “He was 86 for the most part when he pitched on Saturday. He was really successful for Forbush and he can hit a hard breaking ball. All of those things lumped in together, that is why he gets chosen to come down here.”
Lambert played in the field and also pitched in the final inning on Sunday.
“I had a lot of fun,” said Lambert. “I learned a lot of new stuff and hanging out with new friends was fun.”
“Trey was a last minute roster addition,” said Moss. “He grabbed a spot because he can play first base, outfield, he can pitch and he’s a sophomore. In tryouts he had a good day — he threw 83 and 84. He didn’t have the velocity that some other kids did, but he had more than other kids that tried out. As a Sophomore you try to throw them a bone too. Hopefully somebody will take a look at him and want to pick him up in the next couple of years and keep him on the radar. Trey pitched against (Forbush) early in the year at East Wilkes and he threw really well. That kind of stuck with me. He was able to throw out some of our guys and we had an above average hitting team. If he can get us out, I figured he could come down here and do well.”
Sunday was the final game of the tournament. Region 7 played Region 8 in the consolation game at Grimsley High School. Both teams put together a top performance, but Region 8 was able to take the win.
“It’s not about wins and losses out here,” said Moss. “It’s more about showcasing these kids.”