EAST BEND — Going into the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championship game, the North Surry Greyhounds knew it would be have to brings its A-game. After a rainout on Thursday night, and a push-back of the game time on Friday night, the Greyhounds traveled to East Bend to take on the Forbush Falcons. Forbush scored early and never looked back as it took an 8-4 victory.
The first inning saw North Surry go three-up, three-down as the Greyhounds tried to shake off their nerves. In the bottom of the first, Forbush took advantage by scoring three runs.
Jamie Sheek started things off with a double to center fielder Kobe Slate. Tyler Campbell kept things going for the Falcons with a double of his own to Slate. Campbell’s hit scored Sheek and gave Forbush a 1-0 lead. Carter Foster was able to bring Campbell to third base with a ground ball to Kendal Tucker who threw Foster out at first. With a runner on third, the next two Forbush players were walked to load the bases.
The next play saw the action ramp up for both teams. Jacob Shore hit a ground ball to shortstop Mack Cooke, who threw the ball to second to get Landreth Cockerham out for the second out of the night. Brett Johnson tried to throw Shore out at first but his ball was thrown past first baseman Chase Chandler. Shore tried to show off his speed and make his way to second but was thrown out as Chandler recovered the ball and threw Shore out at second. Campbell and Blake Winebarger were able to score before the third out was recorded, which gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead heading into the second inning.
North Surry seemed to be getting its groove back as the Greyhounds loaded the bases in the second inning. Mason Gwyn singled off of a hit to center field, while Brett Johnson was walked. With runners on first and second, Chase Goodson was able to load the bases with a hit to right field. The next two batters were unable to bring the runners around the bases as they both struck out.
Forbush kept its momentum up in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs to make the score 6-0. The Greyhounds were finally able to put numbers on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Chandler hit a hard fly ball into center field to earn a double and bring two runs in for North Surry. Cooke kept things going with a double that scored Chandler and cut Forbush’s lead in half.
Still holding a 6-3 lead, Forbush scored two additional runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 8-3. In the next inning, Tucker started things off the best way possible for North Surry. On the first pitch, the Winthrop recruit smashed the ball over the left-field fence to cut into Forbush’s lead once again.
The Greyhounds were not able to score any additional runs as the final two innings saw only two North Surry players find first base. The Falcons retained their drive and took an 8-4 win over the Greyhounds.
North Surry used three pitchers in six and a half innings. Chase Swartz started things off by pitching 1.2 innings, allowing six hits and six runs. Chase Goodson also pitched 1.2 innings earning one strikeout while giving up two hits and two runs. Mason Gwyn pitched 2.2 innings earning one strikeout, giving up two hits and zero runs.
Chandler, Slate, and Cooke all recorded doubles for North Surry, while Tucker recorded the only home run of the night.
The Greyhounds (12-9) will find out their state playoff destination on Monday.