Hollingsworth, big bats carry Rockets to sweep

Friday, March 22, 2013
Sophomore Logan Hollingsworth (2) picked up the win in game two of the doubleheader sweep over Fayetteville as the Rocket hurler pitched five strong innings before giving way to freshman Jesse Pruitt, who finished the job on the mound. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets completed a home-opening sweep over Fayetteville City Tuesday night behind a strong effort on the mound by sophomore Logan Hollingsworth and some big lumber in a 12-2 win in game two of a double-header.

Hollingsworth picked up the win with five strong innings of four-hit ball as he allowed just one earned run, while walking two and striking out six Fayetteville City batters.

Freshman help

Freshman Jesse Pruitt continued the stellar effort on the hill for the Rockets, taking over for Hollingsworth in the sixth inning.

Pruitt gave up one hit and struck out one as he faced the minimum number of six batters over the two frames.

The Rockets were the visiting team in game two and scored first after Jacob Daughrity reached on a one-out error in the top of the first, stole second and scored on an RBI base knock by Alex Brewer.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Rockets returned the favor as Donavan Potts led off the frame with a base on balls and Tra Emmons followed with a grounder back to the mound.

The throw to try to nail Emmons at first sailed into right field and Fayetteville ended up with runners on second and third.

Sean Hall hit a sac fly that scored Potts, but Emmons was thrown out, trying to go to third base on the play.

Ahead to stay

Hollingsworth got out of the inning on a ground ball to second base, and in the top of the third, Forrest went ahead for good, scoring two more runs on an RBI fielder's choice by Austin Harber and a run scoring double by Tanner Garvin.

The Tigers score their final run of the contest in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Darrion King.

Sophomore first-sacker Tanner Garvin (8) had a big day for the Rockets in their double-header sweep over Fayetteville City, going 4-6 at the plate with two doubles, a base on balls, and two RBIs.

There was no scoring in the fourth inning and in the top of the fifth, Forrest scored on a wild pitch, an RBI fielder's choice by Brewer and a sac fly by Garvin to make it a 6-2 ballgame.

Hollingsworth had little trouble in the bottom of the inning before Thaddeus Reyes crossed homeplate with another unearned run, stretching the Rockets' lead to 7-2 in the top of the sixth.

Pruitt came to the hill in the bottom of the sixth and set down the Tigers 1-2-3.

Final onslaught

In the top of the seventh, Forrest put the icing on the cake with four more runs, beginning with an RBI base knock by Garvin and ending on a base loaded, three-run single by Bryce Oliver, putting the hometown Rockets up 12-2.

Pruitt gave up a leadoff single to Hall in the bottom of the seventh, but he was erased on a pretty 1-6-3 double play before Pruitt got the final out on a sweet play by Reyes deep in the hole on a bang-bang play at first to end the game.

Freshman Boone Sweeney (25) was the DH in the game one, before going behind the plate in game two. Sweeney finished the double-header with two hits in six at bats, drove home one and was hit by pitched balls twice.

Forrest improved to 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in District 9-A play.

The Rockets won two games at the Lewis Harris Classic in Memphis over the weekend, beating Rossview Christian Academy and Haywood County and losing to Tipton Rosemont and Valley View, Arkansas.