Forest Hill’s softball teams chase a championship every summer in the Heights Church Softball league. In the past 15 years, Forest Hill Church has been to the finals 10 times and won the championship 9 times! We play to win but no one takes it too seriously (yeah…right). The games are fun for spectators, and the post-game get-togethers and cookouts are great ways to celebrate, no matter what the final score is.
The team is always looking for new talent and families to join. If you’re interested in playing (actual softball skills not needed!), email Jason Hidek or see him at church before or after worship.
Championship History: ‘99, ’04, ’07,
’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’13, ’14
2015 Season – The Drive for 10 !!!
The 2015 season starts soon. League play begins Sunday April 19th. Come out and support the team’s drive for their 10th championship.
2014 Season ~ FHC’s 9th Championship
The 2014 FHC softball team won the Height Church League championship for the 7th time in 8 years. It is their 9th championship. Evan Tuttle’s 7th inning single gave them the lead in the first game, but Fairmount scored in their last at-bat to win and forced a winner-take-all final. Forest Hill used a 7-run 2nd inning, played solid defense, and cruised to a 8-3 victory.
2013 Season ~ FHC Back on Top with 8th Championship
The team had a historic season in 2013. Led by a powerful offense and the best defense in Northeast Ohio (no, really, they pride themselves on defense), they won the regular season with an 18-2 record earning the #1 seed in the tournament. After easily dispatching Korean Presbyterian in the opening round 19-1 and Grace Lutheran in the quarterfinals 15-5, they faced their rival Church of the Savior in the semi-finals. Led by a grand slam from Jeff Axer, they cruised to a 15-8 victory. In the championship game, FHC spotted Fairmount Presbyterian a 10-0 lead in the first inning. After shaking off the rust, FHC clamped down on defense and came back for a thrilling 13-12 victory for their 8th Heights Church League Championship. Dana Obery led the team with 2 home-runs in the dramatic come-from-behind victory.
2011 Season ~ 5th CHAMPIONSHIP IN A ROW!
Forest Hill Church entered the post season tournament seeking their 5th consecutive title. Unfortunately, 2 early losses by the ‘A’ team eliminated them from the tournament. However, the ‘B’ team was still alive and victories over Grace Lutheran, Church of the Savior and Fairmount Presbyterian put them in the title game. After losing to Church of the Savior ‘B’ team, they played again in a winner-take-all Championship game, in which FHC prevailed 11-4 earning FHC its 5th consecutive HCL title.
2010 Season ~ 4th CHAMPIONSHIP IN A ROW!
After the double elimination championship games were rained out, the league went to a single elimination game. Expectations were not high since our 3 previous championships were won in double elimination. But the Forest Hill bats came through and Team A finished in first place again….for an unprecedented 4th year in a row!
Season Highlights: Daryl Musick and Jason Hidek played in the first ever Heights Church League vs Euclid League All-Star Game.
2009 Season ~ 3rd CHAMPIONSHIP IN A ROW!
For the 3rd year in a row, Forest Hill’s softball team won the 12-team Heights Church Softball League. After defeating Grace Lutheran (18-2) and First Baptist (10-0) to reach the Finals, they then had to beat St. Ann’s Parish twice. They held on to win the first game 10-8 and then rallied back to win the second game 18-15. Keith Logan and Dave Burleigh led the way with 11 hits each!
Thanks to all who supported our softball teams this year. Having two teams allowed us to welcome many new players who enjoyed family fun, fellowship and friendship throughout the season.
2008 Season ~ 2nd CHAMPIONSHIP IN A ROW!
Showing their 2007 Championship was not a fluke, the softball team came back in 2008 to repeat as champions. After defeating Grace Lutheran in the quarter-finals 13-11 and Werner United Methodist 22-7 in the semi-finals, they met Church of the Savior in the championship. A 6-run third inning sent Forest Hill flying to back-to-back championships cruising to a 13-2 victory. It was their 3rd title overall.