FMS Rockets on a roll

Friday, March 30, 2012
FMS' Marshall McKee (12) leads off the fourth inning with a single that opened up the floodgates in the Rockets' 12-3 win versus Fayetteville Monday night in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Since their 3-2 loss to Huntland on March 6, the FMS Rockets (10-1) have been rolling, winning nine straight games, including Monday night's 12-3 thrashing over Fayetteville.

Forrest jumped on the Tigers early, putting up a five-spot in the first inning, starting with one out when Jacob Jones reached on an error and was knocked home on an Alex Brewer triple.

Landon Jones knocked in Jacob Jones and found his way to first base on another Tiger error before a walk to Boone Sweeney was followed by a Brice Oliver two-run double that sent home courtesy runners Kain Harrison and Tanner Kerr to make it 4-0.

Oliver would also score, making it 5-0.

FMS starter Landon Jones walked the Fayetteville leadoff batter in the top of the second, but he was quickly erased on a nice 6-3 double play.

Jones would retire the next hitter to end the frame and the Rockets went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second.

Landon Jones walked the second batter in the top of the third, but once again he was scratched out when Sweeney nailed the Tiger runner, trying to steal second base.

Rocket speedster Kain Harrison (3) touches home plate for the third of his four runs scored in the contest.

The Rockets tacked on run number six in the home half of the inning when Oliver delivered another RBI base knock that drove in Harrison, who had come in to run for Landon after a two-bagger by the Forrest pitcher.

In the top of the fourth, a two-out walk, followed by a Forrest miscue in the field gave the Tigers some hope of scoring, but Landon Jones whiffed the next Fayetteville batter looking to end the inning and finish up Jones' four innings of no-hit ball for the evening.

Marshall McKee singled, leading off the home half of the fourth, opening the floodgates as Jacob Jones, Brewer, Landon Jones, and Sweeney all had base hits in the frame that saw the Rockets take a commanding 10-0 lead.

The Tigers would not be run-ruled as they scored three times in the top of the fifth to extend the ballgame, 10-3.

FMS ending the scoring in the contest with a two-run sixth for the nine-run victory.

Brewer finished the contest 3-4, Landon Jones and Oliver went 2-4, Sweeney put up a 2-3 night, and Jacob Jones, McKee, Brayden Gentry, and Harrison all contributed one hit with Harrison scoring four of the Rockets' 12 runs.