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North Surry's Taylor Hill jacks a leadoff homer over the fence in left in the first inning.
North Surry's Taylor Hill jacks a leadoff homer over the fence in left in the first inning.
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Forbush came out swinging and knocked North Surry from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The Lady Falcons handed the Lady Greyhounds their first loss of the season 8-3 Wednesday.

The Falcons reached base on their first four at-bats and scored seven runs in the first two innings.

The Hounds tried to rally. They scored twice in the bottom of the first and two runners on base in both the fourth and six innings, but couldn’t get one in.

“We were just a hit or two away from being in the ball game, a key hit here and there,” said Coach Willie Hodges.

The Hounds made good contact with several balls, but sent them right to a defender.

“They hit the ball in the gaps tonight, and we didn’t,” said Hodges.

When the Falcons weren’t getting hits, the Hounds showed off solid glove play. Right fielder Aubrey Hall had three putouts, and center fielder Taylor Hill had a nice running catch in left-center.

“Both teams played great defense,” said Hodges. “You can’t take anything away from Forbush. They beat us tonight.”

“We have to prepare and be ready next time,” he said. The Hounds will get a chance to avenge the loss in East Bend on May 2 in the regular-season finale.

After that, North Surry will host the semifinals and final of the Western Piedmont Conference Tournament.

In this game, Forbush ran off four straight hits and scored two runs before pitcher Marlee Bunker could shut the door.

The Hounds answered in the bottom of the first. Hill led off with a solo homer to left. Bailey Culler reached on a hit, stole a base and scored on a single through the left side by Jordan Badgett to tie the game 2-2.

In the second inning, Bunker struck out a batter with a low pitch, but the ball hit the dirt, and the runner reached safely. The next batter walked to put two on with no outs.

The Falcons had a single, sacrifice fly and a three-run homer to jump out to a 7-2 lead.

The lead would reach 8-2 when the Falcons’ pitcher hit a solo home run.

Hill would answer that with a second long ball to make it 8-3.

The Hounds had a runner on second with one out in one inning, but couldn’t score. Then in the sixth, it looked like the team would finally break through after getting the first two hitters aboard.

Katlyn Hodges crushed a long fly ball down the left-field line, but the ball sailed foul. Then she hit a hard ground ball right to the third baseman who was guarding the line. The fielder touched third and threw to first for a double play. The next batter popped up to end the threat.

Hodges said he has been considering some tweaks — like maybe dropping Hill from leadoff to cleanup — but with the team winning, he figured if it wasn’t broke, don’t fix it. With the team suffering its first loss, he might make an adjustment or two.

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