EAST BEND — If a person looked at the Forbush Falcons’ baseball roster at the beginning of the 2016 season, most people would have written them off as a solid third place conference team. Now, with the season coming to a close, the Falcons proved that no matter how young a team’s players are, it still has a chance to win a conference championship. On Tuesday night, the Falcons did just that as they beat Surry Central 6-3 and snapped their nine-year conference championship drought.
“I would have never guessed this would have happen,” Head Coach Jack Moss said after the Falcons’ win on Tuesday. “When you play five sophomores, four juniors, and two seniors you don’t ever envision that you’re going to win a conference championship.”
The last time Forbush won a conference championship was in 2007 when it was still part of the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. Not only has this been tough for the Falcons to win a conference championship, it’s also been a long road for Head Coach Jack Moss who took a nine-year head coaching hiatus.
“It’s been a long journey for me to get back here,” said Coach Moss. “It’s nice for it to be my first year back and win the first championship for Forbush in about 10 years.”
The Falcons got down early in the second inning as Surry Central earned two runs off of a few base hits. Central loaded the bases with two outs, and brought Garret Durham and Garrett Johnson across the plate to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, Forbush battled back to earn one run off of a RBI courtesy of Cole Hobson. In the top of the third, the Eagles put another run on the board after a balk, but it would be the last run Surry Central would score for the night.
“They scored three runs and never hit the ball out of the infield so I was pretty pleased with that,” Coach Jack Moss said after the game. “I knew they were going to hit the ball, and they did. But we also hit the ball very well.”
In the fourth inning, the Falcons found their groove as they started off the inning with a line drive hit down the third base line courtesy of Tanner Gregory. With Travis Gardner coming in as the runner for Gregory, he used his speed to tie the game for the Falcons as he made it across the plate off of a hit by Cole Hobson. Forbush didn’t let up after the tying run, as Tyler Campbell crushed the ball over the left field fence to give Forbush a 4-3 lead and cap off a great inning for the Falcons. In the bottom of the fifth, Carter Foster kept the momentum going for Forbush as he recorded a solo home run off of the first pitch in the bottom of the fifth to give the Falcons a 5-3 lead. The last run for the Falcons came in the bottom of the sixth as Hobson found his way across the plate after a hit to right center by Jamie Sheek.
“We hit the ball well all year, but we hit the ball great tonight. Jamie Willard has been working with the team all year on their hitting and it showed tonight,” Moss said. “Campbell and Foster hit two home runs and Cole Hobson got a big sacrifice fly, those guys were pretty big for us tonight.”
On the field, Jack Crews came up big for the Falcons. He recorded eight strikeouts and only three walks. Crews also ended the night with a .250 OBA and .314 OBP.
“Jack threw a great game for us tonight. Jack’s pitched every Tuesday for us, and with it being at home and Senior night it all just fell into place,” Moss said after the game. “I knew if I gave it to him at the mound he would do well and keep us in the game.”
The Falcons move to 8-1 in the conference and 15-7 overall. They are set to play Surry Central again on Friday night.
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.