Rockets roll Van Buren in twin bill sweep
It's the kind of day you dream of if you like to hit. In the end, it's the kind of day you just want to be over.
The Forrest Rockets crushed visiting Van Buren 16-1 and 21-0 in a doubleheader in sunny Chapel Hill Monday afternoon.
The Rockets (5-4, 4-2) banged out 28 hits in the two games, putting together multiple run producing innings of 10, 8, six twice, and 5 in the two-game destruction of Eagle pitching.
Forrest's Dane Leonard and Damien Lee combined for a no-hitter in game two with Leonard going four innings, striking out 7 and walking one while Lee struck out two out of the three batters he faced in the last frame.
Game one hurler Hayden Cook went the distance for the Rockets, completing the game, striking out 7, walking 4, and giving up just 4 hits to the Eagles.
Van Buren (1-7, 1-7) scored on an RBI single by Sheldon Hitchcock in the first inning of game one and never crossed home plate the rest of the afternoon versus Rocket pitching.
In the bottom of the inning, Forrest exploded for 8 runs, sending 11 batters to the plate with the first six hitters in the order, banging out consecutive hits. The big blow was a three-run shot deep over the left field fence by Colin Henson.
There was no scoring in the second inning, but Forrest came back to the plate in the third inning, scoring six more runs as Seth Brothers and Leonard each delivering two-run hits, putting Forrest up 16-1.
Cook finished the job on the hill in the run-rule win that saw Henson go 3-4 (3 RBI's, 3 Runs), Seth Brothers 2-3 (2 RBI's, 2 Runs), Leland Brothers (1-3, 2 RBI, 1 Run), Leonard 2-3 (3 RBI's), and Hunter Lampley 2-2 (1 RBI, 2 runs).
In game two of the doubleheader, Forrest was the visiting team and scored a single run in the top of the first on a Seth Brothers RBI single that scored Kyle Griffy who had walked out of the number two spot in the order.
Leonard put down the Eagles in order in the bottom of the inning.
The second inning was a disaster for Van Buren as the Rockets marched 15 batters to the plate in a 10 run inning.
Leonard blasted a towering three-run homer in the middle of the inning, his first varsity big-knock. Seth Brothers, Henson, and Coy Schultz all smacked RBI hits as the Rockets led 11-0 after two.
1-2-3 went the Eagles in the bottom of the second.
Forrest tacked on six more runs in the top of the third inning with Casey Franklin, Taylor Schoenberger, Zach Brewer, Henson, Lampley, and Jake Burkett all driving in runs.
Leonard lost is perfect game in the bottom of the third when he issued a walk to Zach Sutherland.
The Rockets used the entire bench in the ballgame and Jacob Floyd nailed a two-run double in the fourth and Paten Pruitt had a base on balls RBI, making the score 21-0, going into the last inning for the day.
Lee came in and set the Eagles down easily, striking out two of the three hitters he faced, completing the combined no-no.
Forrest will host the Marshall County Tigers at 5pm Thursday. The Rockets have not beaten MCHS since they won 13-4 in Chapel Hill on March 14, 2006.