FMS Rockets seek Mid-South crown

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Forrest Middle School Rockets made a gigantic move up into the winners bracket of the Mid-South Conference Tournament in Chapel Hill, beginning with a first round win over Moore County, followed up by a 12-3 win over the Liberty Patriots on Thursday.

Forrest backstop Austin Harber went 4-5 at the plate with 3 RBI's, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. FMS will play Cascade Saturday in a winner's bracket game after crushing Liberty 12-3 Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest catcher Austin Harber had a huge game, going 4-5 at the plate with 3 RBI's, 2 runs scored and a stolen base.

Second sacker Caleb Keller was also on his mark, going 1-2 with 2 bases on balls, 1 run scored and 3 RBI's, including the go-ahead two-run single in the big ten run fourth inning that sealed the Patriots fate.

Blake Leonard chipped in with a 2-5 night, accounting for two runs batted in and 1 run scored and Thaddeus Reyes ended up 1-3 with 2 walks, 3 runs scored and a stolen base.

Logan Hollingsworth scored once and reached twice on errors and walked.

Liberty got on the board first, scoring a first inning run on an RBI single by Stetson Blackwell that scored Ben Boyce.

Forrest tacked two on in the home half of the initial inning as Harber scored on an error after a single and Jacob Daughrity singled and came around on a sacrifice fly by Leonard.

Lane Cunningham pitched a scoreless second for the Rockets, who came back with one more run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Harber that plated Reyes, who reached on an error and stole second.

Lane Cunningham recorded the win over Liberty Thursday night, hurling a complete game five-hitter for the Rockets who bested Liberty 12-3. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

Cunningham set the Pats down 1-2-3 in the third, but the Rockets could not take advantage of a two-on two-out situation in the home half.

Liberty tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning, scoring two unearned runs.

Forrest left two runners on base again in the bottom of the inning and the Patriots did not score in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, the floodgates opened as the Rockets sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring 10 runs on six hits, 5 walks, and 2 Liberty errors.

Keller had two hits and all 3 of his RBI's in the frame, including the go-ahead rip with the bases loaded with one out.

Harber nailed a two-run triple right behind Keller before Logan Cunningham, Daughrity, and Leonard all singled.

Forrest's Thaddeus Reyes slides under the tag at third in the big ten-run fifth inning as the Rockets crushed Liberty 12-3 at the Mid-South Conference Tournament in Chapel Hill. Photo by Danny Parker

Garvin walked, ending the five-hit streak and then Liberty helped out the home team with consecutive errors for two more runs and Tyler McClendon was hit by a pitch for an RBI and Keller walked for the final run driven in on the night.

Liberty managed to get their first two runners on in the sixth before Cunningham set down the next three in order, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth where FMS did not score.

Reyes fielded a ground ball for the first out in 7th, McClendon caught fly ball in right for the second out, and the game ended on a ground ball to Leonard at first.

The Rockets will be back in action versus Cascade in a winner's bracket game Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Cascade upset Community 2-1 prior to the FMS contest Thursday night.

The loser's bracket games for tonight are Community versus Moore County at 5:00pm, followed by Liberty vs. Lincoln County at 7:00.

The finals will be held Sunday, beginning at 2:00pm.