FMS Rockets sweep two during break
The FMS Rockets continued their torrid season with a pair of wins during the spring school break, beginning with a 14-0 run-rule win at E.A. Cox on Monday as ace hurler Alex Brewer twirled his third no-hitter of the campaign.
Brewer, who tossed no-no's versus Eagleville and Westwood earlier in the season, struck out seven Cougar batters in the ballgame and just missed a perfect game, issuing a lone one base on balls in the 58-pitch, five-inning win.
"Brewer did a heck of job, he has pitched strong all year, has been on target and focused all year on the mound," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "We also played great defense behind him and made plays, all eight guys played great behind and when a ground ball was hit it was an out."
Forrest wasted no time giving Brewer all the run support he would need as they scored a pair of runs in the first and second innings before exploding for 10 runs in the fourth to finish the job.
"We have put the bat on the ball the last two games and got runs across and there again, it makes the pitchers' job a whole lot easier when they know they got runs coming," said Joyce.
Leadoff man Ryan Yelensky scored four runs in the game, going 2-2 (double) and an RBI and was hit by a pitch twice.
Brewer helped his own cause big time at the plate, driving in four runs with three hits (two doubles) in four at bats.
Jesse Pruitt put up a 2-3 night with two doubles, a walk, two RBIs and a run scored.
Bryce Oliver was beaned twice, had one hit, scored once, and drove in one Rocket runner.
Jordan Jent (1-3, one run scored, two RBIs), Landon Jones (two RBIs, one run scored), and Boone Sweeney (one RBI) rounded out the offense for FMS.
On Tuesday, the Rockets returned to Chapel Hill and took another run-rule win over Liberty, coasting to an easy 11-1 victory over the Patriots.
Yelensky started on the hill for the Rockets and picked up the win, tossing only an inning and a third before some control issues ended his stint.
Landon Jones came on for Yelensky with the bases loaded and two outs, striking out the next two batters to end the frame as Liberty scored once on two walks, a hit batsman, and a passed ball.
"Yelensky was a little off today and you are going to have those days as a pitcher, it just happens," said Joyce. "Jones stepped up to the plate, came in prepared and ready, and did a great job, got strikes most of the time, and got the job done."
The Rockets put up two runs in the bottom of the first on a Yelensky leadoff walk, followed by a Brewer triple and a passed ball.
Brayden Gentry led off the third with a triple to right field and scored on a ball-four passed ball to Jacob Jones with one out.
Jones raced to third on a wild pick-off attempt at third and trotted home on a perfect squeeze bunt by Jordon Jent.
FMS made it a 5-1 ballgame when Landon Jones walked with the bases loaded, scoring Jent.
Landon Jones escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the third with a strikeout, and in the home half of the frame, Forrest scored on two unearned runs to stretch their lead to 8-1.
Luke Davidson led off the Liberty fourth with a sharp single to center, but was gunned by Sweeney, trying to swipe second.
Landon Jones walked to lead off the home half of the fourth and a double error on an Oliver grounder put Rocket runners on second and third.
After a fly out, Pruitt knocked in Jones with a ground ball and Oliver followed him home on an error on the play to make it 9-1.
Pruitt went to second on the error and Jacob Jones walked and stole second before Jent drove them both home with a single, making it an 11-1 ballgame, entering the fifth inning.
A leadoff walk to Lance Moore gave the Patriots a glimmer of hope, but that was eliminated when Logan Landers lined into a double play.
A single by Will Warner extended the game for a moment before the game ended on a pop-up back to Landon Jones on the mound.
Jones went the final three and three-third innings, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out seven and walking three Patriot hitters.
FMS (13-3) gets a few days off for the spring break before returning to the diamond next week.
Joyce said, "We are going to give the kids a few days off and come back next week with Lincoln County (Monday at home) before a big game at Lewisburg on Tuesday, and finish up in Moore County on Thursday."
Forrest has lost only one conference game this season to Huntland and is currently holding the number one seed for the upcoming Mid-South Conference Tournament.