Rockets get revenge on Vikings, stay alive in 9-A

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Forrest's Zach Brewer rounds third base and heads for home after a belting home run in the third inning of the Rockets' 6-3 win over Community Monday night in the second round of the District 9-A Tournament at Cascade. (Photo by Danny Parker)

Fifth-seeded Community had its opportunities to upset No. 2 seed Forrest in a District 9-A losers' bracket contest Monday just as it did the final week of the regular season.

However, the breaks simply didn't lean in the Vikings' favor in a 6-3 season-ending loss.

"We've taken a lot of strides, playing everybody in the district really competitive," Community coach Will Caster said.

"I think we've had a really successful season as far as being a young team and showing that we can compete with mostly ninth and tenth graders."

The Chapel Hill bunch took a lead in the first inning after Leland Brothers smacked a two-run double.

Logan Pierce walked and scored the first Community run in the second inning on Taylor Paschal's double.

Zach Brewer made it 3-1 with a home run in the third inning.

Brewer and Brothers continued leading the Rocket bats as the game progressed. Brewer singled in both of his final two at-bats and scored both times after Brothers banged his second and third doubles.

Quinn Frost's single to center field got under the glove of a Forrest outfielder, allowing two runs to score with one down in the fifth to make it 5-3. The Vikes went on to load the bases, which put the tying run on first base, but a strikeout ended the threat.

The tying run reached in the sixth as well for Community after Austin Thurber and Justin Vassar both walked. However, that elusive break never came their way.

"We've made some mistakes in different spots," Caster said. "Some of it is hustling and getting to the ball, but we battled the whole year. I really respect the kids for that."

Tom "Bird" Nelson was the losing pitcher. Zeke Grissom got in some work in relief.

It was the final game with the Purple and Gold for senior Joseph Freebury.

"He's played well for us here down the stretch. He's made some plays (at third base). He's hit the ball pretty well. We were happy to have him," Caster said.

Community 010 020 0--3 3 0

Forrest 201 201 X--6 10 1