Forbush baseball defeats number one ranked West Davidson, 8-3

By Kristian Russell - krussell@civitasmedia.com
Jamie Sheek had several hits for the Falcons on Monday night. - Kristian Russell | The Ripple
Tanner Gregory made several key plays at third base for the Falcons. - Kristian Russell | The Ripple

EAST BEND — The Forbush Falcons baseball team has been on a roll this season as the team has only lost one game. On Monday night, the Falcons took on the number one team in the 2A, West Davidson (7-1). Forbush and West traded blows early in the night, but the Falcons were able to pull out an 8-3 win to extend its win streak to six games.

In the bottom of the first, Jamie Sheek started things off for the Falcons with a single as he hit a hard ground ball to right field. With one out, Tyler Campbell hit a line drive shot up the middle to earn a single and advance Sheek to second.

With two outs on the Falcons side, Peyton Winebarger stepped up to the plate and hit a fly ball to right center field to earn a double and bring Sheek across the plate. At the end of the first inning, the Falcons had scored one run to take a 1-0 lead.

West Davidson was able to answer back to the Falcons as the Dragons scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the second, Wesley Wood started things off with a single then stole second. With two outs, Sheek made another play at the plate as he hit a double into left center to score Wood and tie the game.

With the game tied 2-2, Carter Foster hit a double to right center field which scored Sheek and gave Forbush a 3-2 lead. The Falcons weren’t done scoring just yet as Tyler Campbell hit a line drive into right field that brought courtesy runner, Jesse Armstrong, across the plate. The Falcons had scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-2 lead.

While the first two innings held a lot of action, the third, fourth, and top of the fifth innings saw each team struggle to land a player on base. In the top of the fifth, Cameron Lyons made a great play for the Falcons as he caught a pop fly in right field then showed off his arm strength with a throw to first base to get the runner out at first. The double play by Lyons ended the top of the fifth and brought the Falcons in to bat.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Falcons found their groove once again as Campbell started things off with a single and Peyton Winebarger followed up with a single of his own.

Ryan Coe was the courtesy runner for Campbell, but was picked off at second while deciding if he should steal third. With two outs, Wood stepped up once again and doubled to right field to score Jack Logan, who was the courtesy runner for Winebarger. The Falcons seemed to be in control as they held on to a 5-2 lead.

The Falcons kept things going in the sixth inning as Foster tripled to right field with a great hit that scored Sheek. Blake Winebarger brought Foster across the plate after he hit a single to left field. Forbush scored another run before the inning was over as Tanner Gregory singled on a ground ball to the third baseman which scored Campbell. After six complete innings, Forbush held on to an 8-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh, West Davidson scored one run, but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons came away with an 8-3 win to move to 6-1 for the season.

The Falcons collected 16 hits as Sheek, Campbell, Gregory, Wood, Foster and Winebarger all came away with multiple hits. Sheek went 4-for-4 at the plate, while Foster went 2-for-4 and brought in two runs.

Tyler Campbell pitched six innings for the Falcons where he threw 95 pitches and came away with four strike-outs. Campbell threw 42 balls, 53 strikes and faced 27 batters. Campbell allowed only two runs, four hits and two balls.

Travis Gardner pitched one inning for the Falcons and threw 13 balls and 16 strikes. He allowed two hits, one run and two walks.

Forbush will be back in action on Wednesday night as it hosts East Wilkes (1-5). Results were not available by press deadline.

Jamie Sheek had several hits for the Falcons on Monday night.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_DSC_0887.jpgJamie Sheek had several hits for the Falcons on Monday night. Kristian Russell | The Ripple

Tanner Gregory made several key plays at third base for the Falcons.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_DSC_0891.jpgTanner Gregory made several key plays at third base for the Falcons. Kristian Russell | The Ripple

By Kristian Russell

krussell@civitasmedia.com