Forbush softball falls in second round

By Kristian Russell -

EAST BEND — The 2018 season for Forbush’s softball team came to an end on Friday night at the hands of Mount Pleasant (21-6, 8-2).

The Falcons (21-6, 11-1) came into the game as the seventh seed in the 2A bracket, while Mount Pleasant was the 10th seed. Forbush out hit the Tigers, but Mount Pleasant was able to bring two runs across the board while Forbush was only able to score one run.

In the top of the first, Mount Pleasant was able to put runners on base and score its first run of the night. The Tigers had four hits in the first inning and took a 1-0 lead.

Forbush was able to put two runners on base in the bottom of the inning, as Kayleigh Williams singled to second and Caiti Mickles was walked. The Falcons were unable to bring the runners around the bases and Mount Pleasant held on to a 1-0 lead.

Both teams were able to advance runners to first in the second inning, but the defensive plays in the field were enough to keep the score the same. Mount Pleasant was able to score its second run of the night in the top of the third inning, as two players doubled and the Tigers took a 2-0 lead.

The Falcons had the perfect opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, but failed to score the runs it needed. Macy Rycroft started off the inning with a hard hit to center field for a single, Alexis Collins followed that up with a double to right field. With runners in scoring position and one out on the board, Laiken Baity was walked to load the bases. Just as it looked like the tide was turning, Forbush grounded into a double play and the score remained 2-0.

Mount Pleasant was able to play tough defense as the Tigers held Forbush to just one hit over the next inning. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Forbush was able to get its first run on the board. Mickles singled to right field, and Karson Gregory was brought in as the courtesy runner. Gregory stole second, tagged up to make it to third, then stole home to cut Mount Pleasant’s lead in half. Forbush was able to advance two more runners on base in the sixth inning, but only one run was able to cross home plate.

In the seventh inning, Forbush once again had one runner on base, but Mount Pleasant was able to get three outs to take a 2-1 win over the Falcons.

Forbush ends its season with an overall record of 21-6, and a Western Piedmont Athletic Conference record of 11-1.

The Lady Falcons softball team fell in the second round of the playoffs.
The Lady Falcons softball team fell in the second round of the playoffs. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

By Kristian Russell