Forbis' arm, Bulldog bats prove potent

Forbis' arm, Bulldog bats prove potent
Josh Forbis pitches to the Tigers' Patrick Ranson on Tuesday evening. Forbis and the Bulldogs won 7-1. [Dave Faries]
Dave Faries

Josh Forbis was everywhere on Tuesday night.

At the plate he had two hits, drove in a run and scored. In the field he made four standout defensive plays. And the Bulldogs’ righthander shut down Kirksville from the mound, allowing just four hits over seven innings as Mexico cruised to a 7-1 win at Green Field.

Forbis seemed to get stronger as the game wore on, fanning four Tigers in the final three innings. He caught Kirksville lead off man Randon Baumgartner looking with a wicked 3-2 breaking ball to end the fifth.

“I’ve been working on my curve,” he said. “My arm was warming up.”

Meanwhile Forbis had all the help he needed. Mexico’s bats came alive early, with a run in the first and three more in both the second and third, driving Kirksville starter Grant McHenry from the mound.

The Bulldogs did their damage with two out in the first and again in the second. Forbis single in the bottom of one drove home Daeye Miller. The next inning, Ty Sims’ drive to the right field gap plated Andrew Runge. Miller followed with a triple down the right field line.

He scored for the second time on a looping hit by Jesse Fennewald.

“That gave us a lot of momentum,” Miller said.

Forbis allowed just four hits and got into trouble only twice. In the third he walked Drew Chrisman to open the inning. The Tigers took advantage after a Patrick Ranson single.

Logan Blickhan sent a slow bouncer to the right side. Mexico second baseman Runge opted for the sure out at first, allowing Chrisman to score.

Forbis gave up a lead off single in the fourth. But Keaton Anderson slapped the ball two third, where Ty Prince grabbed it cleanly and started a 5-4-3 twin killing.

“It was tailor made for a double play,” Prince said.

Forbis was quick to praise the defense behind him, as was head coach Daniel McCarty.

“Our defense was solid,” he said. “We executed the small things, the fundamentals.”


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