By Matthew Gorry
July 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE - Forbush was well represented at the prestigious Powerade Baseball State Games last month on the campus of UNC Charlotte.
Falcon standouts Barrett Hennings and Mason Doub were named to the Region 7 squad, while head coach Denny Key was selected as an assistant coach for the region.
Powered by the trio, Region 7 won three of their four games, but just missed the podium in the end.
After a 6-4 loss in the opening game to Region 4, Region 7 bounced back and reeled off three straight victories to make a late push for a medal.
The squad knocked off Region 1 6-3 to secure their first win of the tournament before knocking off eventual champion Region 6 5-4, with Doub picking up the win against the gold medalists.
Region 7 capped the Games with a 5-3 triumph against Region 2 at nearby Hopewell High School to finish with a 3-1 mark.
Doub appeared in two of the four games for the region, throwing five dominant innings, allowing just one run. Hennings played first base in all four games and hit .375 in the tourney, while compiling a .500 on base percentage.
“I was extremely pleased how well Mason and Barrett played in front of probably 60 or more college and major league scouts,” Key said after the Games. “Some college coach will be fortunate to get them as part of their program.
“I am definitely looking forward to next year when they return for their senior year at Forbush,” he added.
Joining the Falcon trio on the squad was Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year Austin Staley (Wilkes Central) and Alleghany ace Austin Easter. Wilkes Central skipper Terry Johnson was also named an assistant coach.
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