BOONVILLE — Bryson Lee scored three runs and drove in three runs, including two with a second-inning single, as Forbush ran past host Starmount, 20-7, Tuesday night.
“We came in 3-0,” Forbush Coach Denny Key said. “It would have been easy for us have a letdown.
“We did some good things. But we got some things to button up in the field.”
The Falcons sprinted out to a 12-1 lead, then held their breath as a six-run fourth brought Starmount back to within five at 12-7.
“It’s never over,” Key said. “Especially playing Starmount. Bunch of tough kids over there.”
The Falcons led 2-0 after the first inning. Lee started the Forbush first with a walk. Barrett Hennings followed with a walk; Neil Hutchens singled in Lee; and Carson Fulp’s sacrifice fly to left scored Hennings.
Forbush broke it open with six runs in the second inning. Singles by Brett Fulk, Jared Williams and Bryce Hennings, the 7-8-9 hitters in the lineup got it going and set up Lee’s two-run single. Mason Doub had a two-run double in the inning, while Jack Crews doubled in another run.
The Falcons extended their lead to 12-1 before Starmount rallied in the fourth. Cody Whitaker led off with a double and Garrett Stokes walked to start the inning. Tanner Somers, who went 1-for-3, then struck out before Zach Freed and Miles Caudle singled. Luke Shore then followed with a two-run double. Ben Combs capped the scoring with another two-run double to make it 12-7.
But the Falcons parlayed four walks, two hit batsmen, three errors, and a two-run single by Nelson Valerio into an eight-run sixth. Only four of the runs were earned.
After using seven hits to score their first eight runs, the Falcons needed only one hit to score their last 12.
“Last year, everybody wanted to hit the ball over the fence,” Key said. “You put the ball in play, things will happen. We did a really nice job putting the ball in play.”
“This is the type of game you can’t carry what happens in the field to the plate,” Starmount Coach Josh Pardue said. “Our approach was very good [at the plate.] We’re making strides on offense.”
During the fourth and fifth innings, Starmount seemed to have righted the ship. “We got outs in the field and got in here and had good two-strike approaches and we attacked early fastballs in the count,” Pardue said. “We got to put seven innings together.
“Give credit to Forbush. They did a great job of attacking the baseball.”
Forbush returns to action Tuesday at home with Salisbury. Starmount will host North Iredell today in a game rescheduled from Wednesday. Saturday they’ll host East Surry for two five-inning games. Those games will start immediately following the JV game which starts at 11 a.m.
F 262 208 — 20 8 1
S 001 600 — 7 8 5
F: Carson Fulp, Jack Crews (4), Brett Fulk (4) and Hutchens. S: Blake Cheek, Tanner Somers (3), Ben Combs (6), Caleb West (6), Cody Whitaker (6) and West, Brandon Gambill (5). 2B: Crews (F), Mason Doub (F), Whitaker (S), Luke Shore (S), Combs (S). Records: F 4-0; S 1-2.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.