FMS Rockets lose twin bill, chance at regular season title
The Forrest Middle School Rockets controlled their own destiny for the regular season conference title Thursday as they hosted a double-header with Summertown and Mt. Pleasant and lost both games to finish the regular season at 19-7 and 7-6 in conference play.
With a sweep of the double-header, the Rockets would have gained at least a share of the title, but a lack of clutch hitting and a myriad of free passes to opposing batters made for a long night.
The Rocket pitching staff issued a total of eighteen walks to opposing hitters in the twin bill and the offense only managed five hits in the two games. The highlight of the evening for the Rockets was a rarely seen triple play in the sixth inning of the second game versus Mt. Pleasant.
Rocket scoring dro-ught lasts 10 innings
The Rockets actually led in the first game versus Summertown, scoring two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Taylor Schoenberger that scored Jake Burkett and another RBI by Cody Richardson on a 6-3 fielder's choice that scored Schoenberger, who had stole second. The Rockets would not plate another run until the seventh inning of the second game versus Mt. Pleasant.
Summertown's Alex Huddleston has huge offensive game
After the allowing the two first inning runs, Summertown's pitching duo of starter Jordan Chard and reliever Blake Gray blanked the home team the rest of the way en-route to a five inning 12-2 victory.
Summertown got all the offense they needed from catcher Alex Huddleston, who went 4-4 with two singles, a double, and a triple, driving in five runs. Eagle head coach Keith Chard said after the game, "Alex has been our RBI leader all season; he sets the tone for us, offensively and with his defense behind the plate."
Chard was surprised with the 12-2 victory when he stated, "We really expected a better ballgame from Forrest tonight, but we are happy with the win."
Rockets lose second game 8-2 in nine innings
The second game was a pitching duel between the Rockets and the Tigers from Mt. Pleasant that lasted six scoreless innings until Mt. Pleasant broke through with eight runs in the top of the seventh.
Ryan Daughrity pitched splendid ball in his three plus innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out three before tiring. Dane Leonard also pitched well and Leland Brothers did some yeoman work for the Rockets, being the recipient of the magnificent 1-4-6 triple play that got the Rockets out of big trouble in the top of the sixth inning.
The Tigers finally broke through with eight runs in the top of the seventh on four hits, but were helped by three Rocket errors that opened the floodgates.
The FMS squad never quit in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh and actually had the bases loaded and the Mt. Pleasant coaching staff very nervous before the game ended on a great dig by first basemen Michael York on the last play of the game.