Forsgren forced a tie ballgame in the bottom of the sixth Friday against Greenwood First National Bank of Fort Smith.
There was no seventh inning to be played, however, as the opening game of the doubleheader at Forsgren Field ended up being tied at 10-10. The game was called by the umpires due to a time limit.
So far this summer, it is the only game Forsgren hasn’t won. Forsgren bounced back in the second game to run-rule Greenwood, 8-0, in five innings.
In the opening game, Forsgren scored seven runs in the bottom of the first and built a 9-3 lead an inning later before Greenwood came back. Greenwood scored five in the fifth to get within a run before going in front, 10-9, in the top of the sixth.
Forsgren got runners on second and third with two out in the bottom of the sixth before Mason Gilsinger beat out an infield single, allowing Gunner Etzkorn to cross home plate as the tying run. Greenwood retired the next batter to end the sixth, and at that point, the umpires called the game.
"We fought back, but up 9-3, that should have been the ballgame, we should have taken care of business," Forsgren coach Trey Holloway said. "But we have a tendency to do that, and hopefully, that’s one thing that we can do is get more mature about that, to put teams away when we have a chance to put them away instead of letting them just hang around with us and then fight their way back. Then we gave them a little life there in the fifth inning and they had some momentum to score some runs in the sixth, too."
While Holloway said he was disappointed the game ended in a tie, he was able to look at the bigger picture - the opportunity for his team to improve and get better by the time Southside’s season starts in March.
"Summer baseball for us is getting everybody better; we’re going to try to play to win but we’re trying to put guys in situations. … It was good for us to have a situation like that where it’s a close game and see how guys are going to react and see how much they can learn the game, too, as they’re playing," Holloway said.
Down by six entering the top of the fifth, Greenwood scored five runs despite getting just two base hits, although Forsgren issued four walks, with three of those resulting in runs. Greenwood then tied the score in the top of the sixth on an error before taking a 10-9 lead on a two-out RBI double from Kyler Watson.
After Greenwood scored three runs in the top of the first, Forsgren scored seven runs in its half of the first on five hits. Forsgren then extended it to 9-3 on an RBI hit from Deion Jordan.
Greenwood’s Max Higgins went 3-for-3, including an RBI double in the first which gave his team its early 3-0 advantage. Andrew Barley and Zach Tierney each went 2-for-3 for Forsgren, which won the second game behind a shutout from Drew Person.
Senior Babe Ruth
Greenwood First National Bank of Fort Smith 10, Forsgren 10 (6 innings)
Greenwood 300 052 - 10 9 4
Forsgren 720 001 - 10 9 3
Forsgren 8, Greenwood First National Bank of Fort Smith 0 (5 innings)