Jent cages Cougars
The FMS Rockets turned in an all-around solid performance Thursday night in Chapel Hill, easily defeating E.A. Cox 8-1.
"It was a great effort tonight from the boys," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "They played hard and like I said the other night, we needed to get runs in when we get them in position and tonight we executed with the bats to get them in."
Jordan Jent gave the Cougars no breathing room, tossing a three-hitter in five shutout innings of work on the hill, including nine strikeouts and just one base on balls.
Jacob Jones came on to finish the job, striking out six batters over the final two innings, while giving up one run on one hit and one walk.
"It was a great all around effort from pitching to defense and hitting," said Joyce. "It was a big win for us."
The Rockets were also solid in the field once again, unblemished with the leather, but the Cougars helped out Forrest by committing four errors in the contest.
FMS only had five hits in the game, but there was a couple big base knocks with Jonathan Lykins coming through with a two-run single in the third inning and a back breaking, bases clearing double by Ryan Moses in a four-run sixth inning.
"I was excited to see some young guys come in and come up with a couple key hits to get some runs," said Joyce. "Moses with a big double down the line was huge for a break out inning."
Forrest scored a single run in the first inning, beginning with a one-out Luke Cunningham base on balls.
Marshall McKee followed with sacrifice bunt before Cunningham trotted home on the Cougars' first miscue with the glove.
Jent gave up singles in the second and third innings before Forrest tacked on two more runs on the Lykins base knock in the home half of the third.
Jent came back with a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, including two whiffs and FMS tacked on a single run in the bottom of the inning as McKee walked before being sent to second on a wild pitch and scoring on an E.A. Cox error.
A lone walk in the top of the fifth was all Jent gave up before giving way to Jones in the sixth.
Moses' bases loaded double sealed the deal for Forrest in the sixth and a bases loaded RBI walk by Matt Wilson broke the goose egg on the board for the Cougars in the top of the seventh inning.