Rockets tame Tigers in senior night victory

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Forrest Rockets, coming off three straight losses, hosted the second place Region 12 A Mt. Pleasant Tigers in a Forrest senior night match-up Monday night in Chapel Hill and supplied their pitching staff with plenty of offensive support in a 10-6 win.

Mt. Pleasant (16-6-1) remains the only team to defeat Forrest archenemy Cascade (23-1-1) in a 5-2 win at the Walking Horse Classic on April 16.

Forrest built a 7-2 lead in the ballgame before the Tigers clawed back to within one run before the Rockets turned on the after burners to win by four.

Mt. Pleasant scored first, pushing across a first inning run on an RBI single by Seth Coble that scored Devan Nance from second.

Forrest tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-out rally.

Seth Brothers bounced an infield single and wound up on second on an errant throw. Brothers came across the home dish moments later on a another throwing miscue by Mt. Pleasant on a ground ball off the bat of Jacob Floyd.

Forrest starter Hayden Cook had an unearned runner on third base with two outs in the second, but Cook induced Dylan McNeece to fly out to right fielder Casey Franklin to end the inning.

Rocket first sacker Leland Brothers led off the bottom of the second inning with a long towering home run to left field, igniting a five-run rally that put Forrest up 6-1.

Seniors Seth Brothers and Colin Henson also contributed to the big inning with two-run doubles off of Mt. Pleasant starter Justin Buchanan.

The Tigers tacked on a single run in the third on a RBI double by Joey Lewis.

Both pitchers settled into the game that moved along quickly to the bottom of fifth when Forrest tacked on an unearned run, making it 7-2.

In the 6th, Forrest head coach Babe Hardison, looking ahead to the upcoming district tournament, took Cook out of the game, replacing him with freshman Zach Brewer.

Brewer was wild out of the pen, hitting the first batter and walking the second. A blooper to center by Buchanan loaded the bases. McNeece cleared the sacks with triple into the left field corner, making it 7-5.

A wild pitch scored McNeece cutting the lead to just one with no outs.

Brewer worked hi way out of the inning, preserving the skinniest of margins.

The Rocket offense picked up Brewer in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs on RBI hits by Kyle Griffy, Seth Brothers, and Floyd.

Brewer took the 10-6 lead to the final inning and struck out the side after hitting the first hitter, ending the game.

"I lost my head there for a second in the sixth inning," said Brewer in the post-game interview. "After that I settled down after coach told to go in there and just throw the ball. Coach said I will pitch in the first round of the district tournament and I am looking forward to that. Hopefully, I will pitch good that game."

After finishing in a three-way tie for second place with Eagleville and MTCS in the regular season, the Rockets were on the short end of a bad coin toss that dropped them all the way to 4th.

The Rockets play Community Friday night in the opening round of the District 9A Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School. If the beat the Vikings, Forrest will play number one Cascade Saturday.

Cook said after the game, "We are all looking forward to the district tournament, especially Saturday versus Cascade."