Rockets' season ends in self induced loss
The Forrest Rockets were eliminated from the post season Wednesday night, losing 4-2 in the semifinals of the District 9A Tournament to host MTCS.
"We were our own worst enemies tonight," said Forrest head coach Babe Hardison after the game. "If you don't execute any better than we did tonight you will not win many tournament games against good opponents."
Hayden Cook was the tough luck loser for the Rockets, turning in a gutty complete game performance on the mound. "Cookie" gave up just one earned run in the ballgame while scattering 7 hits, striking out 4, walking none, and hitting two Cougar batters.
MTCS got on the board first, scoring a lone run in the bottom of the second on an RBI double down the first base line by Jacob Herring.
The Rockets responded, tying the ballgame in the top of the third. Casey Franklin walked, leading off the inning and came all the way home on double to left field by Colin Henson.
Forrest threatened in the top of the fourth, but an around the horn, inning ending double play squashed the threat.
The bottom of the fourth was the undoing for the Rockets as they botched two potential inning double plays behind Cook. By the time the inning was over, the Rockets gave up three unearned runs and were mired in a 4-1 hole.
There were no scoring threats by either squad in the 5th or 6th innings.
Jacob Floyd, who had 2 hits in the ballgame, led off the top of the Rocket 7th with a base hit to center. Taylor Schoenberger followed with a base on balls and the Rockets were in business.
MTCS starter Andrew Kuhn struck out the next Rocket batter, but went back to being wild, issuing a 3-2 walk to Colin Henson that loaded the sacks with one out.
Kyle Griffy came up and ripped a shot to left that bounced off the glove of the left fielder, scoring Floyd from third, but the runner at second got caught in no man's land between second and third and was gunned down on a rare 7-5 put-out.
Seth Brothers extending the ballgame, drawing a walk, but Kuhn got a game ending pop-out to second that sent the Cougars on and the Rockets home.
Forrest finished the season at 14-13.
Colin Henson was named the District 9A MVP and was joined on the all-season squad by Seth Brothers and Kyle Griffy.
Hardison said after the game, "I want thank my seniors, they have stepped up and played all year. They were our top three hitters all year. They were the ones we depended on. I want to wish them the best of luck in college in their academics and on the field if they are playing a sport."