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On the Hill
The baseball team had one thing in mind when it scheduled non-conference games for the 2015 season, and that was to get prepared for the WPAC. West Forsyth (defending 4A state champion) headlines the list with others: Reagan, Mount Tabor, Salisbury, West Iredell and Davie.
This competitive schedule is suited to prepare the Falcons to be a contender in the Western Piedmont Athletic Schedule, and so far it has ringed true to form. The Falcons started their 2015 conference season against the Sauras of South Stokes last week during the Forbush High School spring break. Spring break is normally a tough time for coaches to get their players to perform at optimum levels, but the Falcons managed to grab two wins to start conference play.
A new rule has been established for the 2015 conference season that pairs conference opponents in back-to-back games. Therefore, the Falcons were set to play the Sauras in its first two games of the conference season. Good for the Falcons as they reeled off two wins to garner the top spot in the conference. Bad for the Sauras as they are now in the bottom of the conference with a steep hill to climb.
Brett Fulk took the mound for the Falcons in the first game in East Bend. Fulk pitched four innings and allowed zero earned runs, but control issues and defensive miscues caused him to be relieved after the fourth inning. He still picked up the win, striking out 8 batters.
On offense, the Falcons banged out 14 hits on the night with a big fourth inning to chase the Saura pitcher from the mound. The Falcons led 7-3 after the fourth inning and never looked back. Tyler Campbell and Jared Wiliams had 3 hits apiece while Bryson Lee, Bryce Hennings and Neil Hutchens each had two hits.
Carson Fulp closed the door on the Sauras; only allowing 3 hits over the final 3 innings with 1 earned run and 6 strikeouts.
In the second game of the series the Falcons traveled to Walnut Cove. The bats were cooled off in this one but aggressive base-running allowed the Falcons to escape with the win, 4-2.
The Falcons only accumulated 6 hits in this one, but took advantage of 4 Saura errors to complete the season sweep. Tyler Campbell had a double for the Falcons while Carter Foster and Brett Fulk had RBIs. The Falcons were able to force its will on the base paths as the team racked up 5 stolen bases.
Jack Crews scattered 8 hits over 6 innings of work to earn the victory. Crews only allowed 1 earned run while striking out 5 batters. It was Brett Fulk's turn to preserve the win as he pitched the 7th to get the save. Fulk allowed an unearned run to come across, but it wasn't enough for the Sauras as they dropped to 0-2 in the conference.
The next conference opponent is Carver on the 10th of April. Until that time the Falcons will be working on its strength of schedule with games against West Iredell and Davie.
Here is what we're going to do.
Jack Crews gets the instructions from Coach Key while the Sauras meet at the mound during the first game of the series at Forbush High School.
Leading Hitters (Both S.Stokes games)
4 for 9
3 for 8
4 for 6
3 for 7
Run at Your Own Risk
Neil Hutchens has a cannon for an arm. He can get the ball to second base in under 2 seconds making stealing second base a struggle for opposing runners. How fast are you?
Which attribute of the Falcons' team made the difference in its wins over the Sauras?
Double to Right Center
Bryson Lee doubles to right center to contribute to the fourth inning rally against the Sauras in game 1 of the series at Forbush High School. Bryson had two hits on the night as the Falcons cruised to the victory.