FMS Rockets sweep Bulldogs
The FMS Forrest Rockets (8-2, 7-1) are in mid-season form after sweeping a double header from intra-county foe Cornersville 7-4 in the first game and 9-5 in the nightcap Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
"Anytime you get a conference win it's a big win, especially against a cross county rivalry," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "Cornersville has a good team with some hitters. We didn't have our best performance, but we managed to get two wins."
The Rockets sent Jordan Jent to the mound for game one of the two five-inning contests and Jent struck out three out of the first four batters he faced in the top of the first inning.
In the home half of the inning, Forrest scored three runs as Jacob Jones led off with a triple and two batters later, Marshall McKee knocked Jones home with an RBI base hit.
McKee would come around to score on a Jonathan Lykins single and Lykins made it 3-0 when he scored on a series of Cornersville errors.
Jent gave up a lone base hit in the second inning to Dakota Polk, but CMS could not push him around.
Bulldog starting pitcher Ty Landers set the Rockets down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning before Cornersville plated two runs in the top of the third.
Ty Landers knocked in Zach Blackwell and then trotted home one batter later on a Forrest outfield error.
FMS got the two runs back in the home half of the inning on another RBI by McKee and a run batted in by Alex Huey.
The Rockets made it a 7-2 ballgame in the fourth on a fielder's choice RBI by Lykins and an unearned run when Jaylen Smith scored from third base on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs tried to come back, plating two runs via a double by Kolbe McMahon in the top of the fifth, but McMahon tried to stretch the double to a triple and was thrown out at third by Smith before Jent got the last out on a line drive to center field.
In game two, FMS was the visiting team and after a scoreless first inning, the Rockets scored eight runs in the top of the second inning.
Jones had four RBIs in the inning, including a bases juiced triple and a walk with the bases loaded.
Huey and Dustin Brashear also provided RBI base knocks in the onslaught to give Lykins an 8-0 lead on the mound.
"It's very important to get a lead early," said Joyce. "It sets the momentum for us and you always want to try to keep that momentum."
The Bulldogs took a huge bite out the Rockets' lead when they came barking back with five runs in the home half of the second with Will Vanhooser, Cade Landers, and Blackwell all driving home one run apiece.
Lane Allen knocked in Lykins in the top of the fourth to make it a 9-5 contest, and in the bottom of the fourth, Lykins got out of a bases loaded, no-out jam with a strikeout and a pretty inning ending 1-2-3 double play.
McKee came to the hill in the fourth and pitched two scoreless to record the save for the Rockets.
"We've got Moore County coming to town on Thursday and again this is a big conference game," said Joyce. "Every conference game is big when you get to this point of the season. With two weeks left, we have to take it one game at a time and push on."