EAST BEND —Forbush, lead by Allison Mitchell and Taylor Wooten, pounded out 16 hits to defeat visiting East Rutherford, 10-1, and even its 2A best-of-three regional series at one game apiece.
Game 3 is Saturday at East Rutherford. Game time is 4 p.m.
Forbush Coach Rachel Davis said she felt good about her team’s chances Thursday night after losing Game 1 the night before on the road.
“We didn’t have that bad of a game,” she said. “We left a lot of runners on base. We only lost by three after two trips down there.”
Tuesday’s scheduled game was moved to Wednesday after it poured just before game time. It caused Forbush to have to make the two-and-a-half-hour, one-way trip a second time Wednesday.
“Our girls zoned in,” Davis said. “They were very determined. They hit hard.”
Mitchell, who went 4 for 4, hit a home run just over the fence in left-center to lead off the Forbush third. Mallory Choplin followed with a single; Logan Wood followed with a double; and Wooten followed with a three-run homer to chase East Rutherford starter Savannah Davis.
Up 4-0 entering the fourth, the Falcons tacked on two more as Marissa Lineberry led off with a double and Mitchell, Choplin, and Sydney Miller followed with singles.
“We knew we had to lay off the rise balls,” Wooten said. “We knew we had to make an adjustment at the plate. Make them play defense and get hits.”
“We moved our lineup around a little bit,” Davis said. “Trying to find that magical combination.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is definitely the offensive game I’ve been wanting to see.”
Wooten was dropped from her customary No. 3 slot to the No. 5 slot for Thursday’s game. “She had been in a little slump,” Davis said. “I knew she could hit. I just had to try something. I thought it would take some pressure off her.”
“I was actually OK with it,” Wooten said. “When I get moved down, I hit better.”
Wooten also had a defensive gem to start the second inning. The play, in which Wooten dove to her right and then threw to first to get the out, came after the Cavaliers got out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first.
“You got to do everything you can to suck the wind out of them,” Davis said.
The Cavaliers scored their lone run in the sixth. Jordan Gray reached on an infield single; moved to second on a passed ball; and scored on a double by Raven Gray.
The Falcons responded with four in their half of the sixth. Mitchell doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Choplin. Wood singled in Mitchell; moved to second on a wild pitch; and scored on a double by Miller. Wooten then followed with her own double to score Miller. Alex Wingler then singled before Savannah Yale singled to score Brooke Hardy, who came in to run for Miller.
East Rutherford won Game 1, 9-6, at home Wednesday.
Forbush has 24 hits and 16 runs through the first two games of the series. “I hope they keep it rolling,” Davis said. “They’ve seen both of their pitchers.
“They have it physically. They have it mentally.”
“We have to get more pumped than they are,” Wooten said. “We have to overcome the bus ride. Get there and get our legs under us. And keep playing D.”
“We’ll practice tomorrow (Friday),” Davis said, “and we’ll work out a few kinks.”
ER 000 001 0 — 1 6 1
F 004 204 x — 10 16 1
ER: Savannah Davis, Angela Sayre (4) and Emily Dotson. F: Sydney Miller and Marissa Lineberry. 2B: Raven Gray (ER), Logan Wood (F), Kayla Shore (F), Lineberry, Allison Mitchell (F), Miller, Taylor Wooten (F). HR: Mitchell, Wooten. Records: ER 24-3, Forbush 22-5.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.