EAST BEND — Confetti, cowbells, air horns, and noisemakers brought the 2A Western Finals to a close on Saturday night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the Lady Falcons who were celebrating – it was West Lincoln.
After a come-from-behind win on Friday night in game two, the Rebels came to East Bend still reeling from the night before.
“We couldn’t get momentum back on our side,” said Coach Jeremy Helton after the game. “West Lincoln just brought a lot of momentum here to East Bend after their win last night, and it’s hard to overcome that.”
In the first inning, the Falcons looked to have control of the game as the defense went three-up, three-down.
Going into the bottom of the inning things changed as West Lincoln’s pitcher, Cassidy Wise, struck out two batters and set the tone for the rest of the evening. Forbush was only able to get five batters on base in seven innings, while West Lincoln came up with five batters on base in the second inning alone.
While the Falcons couldn’t find their groove in the batters box, on the field the Falcons made several key plays. Allison Mitchell came up with a huge line-drive catch with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh. Mitchell’s catch was the third out of the inning, and saved the Falcons from going down by at least another run. Sydney Miller threw seven innings for the Falcons, and earned two strikeouts.
“We played excellent defense tonight, and Sydney executed our game plan,” said Helton. “We just couldn’t come up with the big hits we needed, and we couldn’t find our rhythm.”
The second inning was where the Rebels scored their first run.
West Lincoln’s Meredith Ferguson walked with one out, then moved to third on a double by Addie May.
The next batter bounced one to shortstop Taylor Wooten, who made a fielder’s choice with a throw home to Marissa Lineberry hoping to catch Ferguson. Lineberry went down to make the tag, but Ferguson slid underneath to score the first run of the night for the Rebels.
In the fifth inning, the Rebels scored their final run of the game to give them a 2-0 lead.
The closest the Falcons came to scoring was also in the fifth inning as Caiti Mickles earned a double with a hard hit to right field. Unfortunately, the next three Falcons couldn’t bring Mickles around the bases.
After seven complete, the Falcons fell in game three 2-0 to cut short their run to the 2A state championship. The Falcons ended their season with a 26-4 record, and a 10-0 conference record. Although Forbush didn’t make it back to the final series, the Falcons made their fans, community, and coaches proud.
“I’m really proud of our girls this season, we have such a good group of young ladies right here. They are leaving here and they are leaving their legacy,” said Coach Helton. “Even though we didn’t accomplish the goal that we had, they have done so much for this program and for this community. The excitement they have brought to this place is unbelievable.”
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.