Rockets erupt for 13-1 win over Cascade

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Starting Rocket pitcher Landen Jones struck out six Cascade batters in his five innings at the hill. Photos by Chris Siers

WARTRACE-- For four innings, the Cascade Champions held pace with the Forrest Middle Rockets on Monday night.

But things went downhill in a hurry for the Champs in the top of the fifth inning when the Rockets took a 2-0 lead.

Forrest rolled off that momentum in the top of the fifth and piled up 13 runs in the final three innings, including 9 in the top of the seventh, to cruise to the 13-1 win.

Rocket short stop Alex Brewer tags Shane Keel out on a steal attempt at second base in the bottom of the first inning.

After battling the Rockets for leadership of the scoreboard, Cascade finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning when Caleb Smith got on base with a leadoff walk.

Two batters later, Lane Simpson slugged a double, but Smith was tagged out on a throw home to keep the Champs scoreless.

With Simpson on base, and facing two outs, Brady Parker stepped to the plate and clubbed a groundball single to centerfield, pushing Simpson across the plate for the early Cascade lead.

But the Champs didn't maintain the lead for long.

In the top of the fifth, Forrest struck back following a Cascade error on a throw to third, allowing Marshall McKee to scamper home for the tying run.

Alex Brewer followed with a groundball double to push McKee home for the Rocket lead.

Forrest tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth when a wild throw to first sent a runner scurrying for home. The Rockets followed with an RBI single from Ryan Yelenski to go up 4-1.

Cascade had opportunities in the bottom of the sixth with the first two batters reaching base on walks.

But with two on, Brewer took over at the mound and struck out three in a row, stranding Simpson and Seth Gardner on base.

Things only got worse for Cascade from there.

The Rockets piled up nine more runs on seven hits in the top of the final frame.

Defensively, starting pitcher Chandler Sulcer bobbed in and out of jams during his five innings at the hill. He struck out six batters before turning over the mound to Seth Gardner in the bottom of the sixth.

Rocket pitchers Landen Jones, Ryan Yelensky, and Alex Brewer combined for a total of 15 strikeouts against Champion batters.

The Champs get a chance to return the favor on Thursday when Cascade pays a visit to Forrest, with the first pitch set for 6 p.m.

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