Brewer, Yelensky combine for no-hitter in FMS opener

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
FMS's Alex Brewer (9) winds up for a pitch in his combined no-hitter with fellow eighth-grader Ryan Yelensky in their season opening 12-0 win Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The defending Mid-South Baseball Conference champions Forrest Middle School Rockets kicked off the 2012 season in style Thursday night in Chapel Hill as Alex Brewer and Ryan Yelensky combined on a five inning no-hitter in a 12-0 run-rule win over Westwood.

"It was a great way to start the season," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "That was strong work from the mound from those two eighth-graders who are both great ball players."

Amazingly, all fifteen Westwood outs came on strikeouts with Brewer recording twelve in four innings and Yelensky whiffed all three batters he faced in the fifth inning.

Brewer allowed one base on balls in the first inning and the only other Westwood batter to reach base came on a Forrest infield error in the fourth inning.

FMS scored two runs in the first inning, added three in the second, one in the third, and capped off the big season opening win with six runs in the fourth.

"We stung the ball a little bit, not like we had in the past couple of scrimmages, but we were aggressive and I am happy with that," said Joyce. "Defensively, not so good, we got by on what we had, but we have to get better there."

Brewer also had a big day at the plate, going 1-3 with 4 RBI's and a stolen base.

Yelensky went 1-2 and scored three times; catcher Boone Sweeney had a 2-3 night with two RBIs and scored twice, Bryce Oliver and Brayden Gentry turned in 1-3 nights with an RBI apiece, Jonathon Lykins drove home one runner, and Marshall McKee walked and scored in all three of his plate appearances.