EAST BEND — It was an exciting first and second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A Playoffs for the Forbush Falcons baseball team. In the first round, Forbush (22-5) was able to put down a 3-1 win over West Lincoln. In the second round, the Falcons once again put together a strong seven inning performance to take a 5-0 win over South Point to move on to the third round.
In the second-round game, Forbush got off to the perfect start in the first inning. Jacob Shore was hit by a pitch to advance to first. Wesley Wood was able to put down a triple with a hard hit that saw two South Point players make an error. Wood’s hit brought Shore in to score and the Falcons had a 1-0 lead. With no outs on the board, Carter Foster stepped up and hit a hard ball to shortstop, which scored Wood and gave Forbush a 2-0 lead.
Forbush was able to add to its lead in the bottom of the third as Wood singled to score Shore. Blake Winebarger was able to put down a hit on a 1-1 count to score Wood and give Forbush a 4-0 lead.
The final run of the night came in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Landon Rockett scored off of a sacrifice fly by Jacob Lilly. Forbush was able to put down a strong performance to take a 5-0 win over South Point.
In the field, the Falcons had several crucial plays. Alex Boyles had a catch in right field that kept the runner on second base, then Landreth Cockerham had a catch in the top of the seventh inning that brought the crowd to its feet.
On the mound, Peyton Winebarger had 11 strikeouts and allowed only four hits in six innings. Blake Winebarger closed out the game as he put down the final strikeout for the Falcons.
Forbush traveled to Sylva on Tuesday night to take on the four-seed Smoky Mountain (20-3, 13-2). Results were not available by press deadline.