First Posted: 3/23/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN East Surry will head to conference rival West Wilkes today with a bad taste in its mouth after the Cardinals fell hard to visiting Forbush Monday, 9-2.
Forbush shortstop Mickey Andrews had a monster game for the Falcons, finishing three-for-four with two homeruns, two doubles and five RBI.
Forbush pitcher Jarrett Mullins finished with 10 strikeouts and six walks in six innings, also adding a triple to help his own cause.
The Cardinals began the game in a hole after Forbush picked up three runs in the first inning.
East was able to load the bases in the bottom of the first and picked up good at bats from several players, but the Cards stalled, unable to make the final push to score.
East Surry coach Barry Hall said the first inning laid the blueprint for the rest of the game.
We got a routine single to right and it took an awful hop and the guy ended up getting to third on it, Hall said of the beginning to the Forbush scoring rally. Then they started hitting it all over the place. When we left the bases loaded in the first that kind of set the tone and Forbush capitalized.
The second inning all but put the game out of reach for the Cardinals, with Forbush picking up another four runs to take an early 7-0 lead.
The second inning scoring began when the Falcons Justin Williams led off with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a single by Ryan Doss. One batter later, Andrews struck, sending a three-run homer into deep left.
After Forbushs Clint Hunter doubled with two outs, Cole Hensley singled to push Hunter home and finish out the scoring.
The damage was done and East had a hard time recovering.
The Cardinals were able to muster two runs in the bottom of the third but it was too little too late, losing 9-2.
Hall said even with the loss, his thinks his team will come away better for playing a team like Forbush.
We definitely have some good things that came out of tonight, Hall said. The score does not indicate some of the positives. Forbush is flat out better than we are. Theyre one through nine batters are better hitters, they have consistent defense and pitching and right now, up until tonight, we have had consistent pitching and thats about it. We knew they were going to hit the ball, but we worked on some things and everybody got to play. Weve got to regroup and get ready for a conference game at West Wilkes tomorrow.
With the loss, East Surry falls to 5-3 overall.
They will travel to Millers Creek today to take on last seasons Northwest 1-A Conference champion West Wilkes, with jayvees starting at 4 p.m.
East Surry 2
Forbush 341 001 0 9 13 2
East Surry 002 000 0 2 4 1
WP: F Jarrett Mullins; LP: ES Lathan Hunter
2B: F Mickey Andrews, Clint Hunter, Cole Hensley, Chad Faircolth, Justin Williams
3B: F Jarrett Mullins
HR: F 2 Mickey Andrews