Rockets split with Moore County

Friday, March 29, 2013
Forrest's Jacob Daughrity (9) had three hits as the Rockets split a home and away twin bill with Moore County on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tribune file photos by Anthony S. Puca

After a big 9-4 win at home over Moore County on Tuesday, the Forrest Rockets travelled to Lynchburg on Wednesday where the Raiders broke Forrest's five-game winning streak in a close 5-4 loss.

First game

The Rockets (6-3, 3-1) were tied 1-1 in the first inning at home on Tuesday before putting up four runs in the bottom of the third to take a four-run lead.

Forrest tacked on a single run in the fourth and put the Raiders away with a three-run sixth.

Logan Hollingsworth picked up the win on the hill for Forrest, going six solid innings before Ryan Byrd came to the mound in the seventh to finish the job.

Hollingsworth gave up one earned run on seven hits, while walking three and striking out five Raiders in the contest.

On the offensive side of the ledger, Zach Horvath ran wild, stealing four bases and scoring four runs out of the leadoff spot in a 2-2 performance at the dish, including two bases on balls.

Jacob Daughrity had a solid game with a 2-4 day at the plate, including an RBI double, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Hollingsworth also managed two hits in three at bats and Landon Jones drove home two Rocket base runners, while his freshman cohort Boone Sweeney had a hit and an RBI.

Freshman Landon Jones (10) had two RBIs in the Rockets' 9-4 win at Forrest on Tuesday versus Moore County.

Second game

Caleb Keller crossed home plate two times in Tuesday's game for the Rockets, who boarded the yellow bus for a trip to Lynchburg on a chilly Wednesday.

The Rockets gave two runs away in the bottom of the first inning as Moore County crossed home via two unearned runs.

There was no scoring in the second inning, but the Rockets came back in the top of the third, notching three runs to take a 3-2 lead.

Moore County came right back with a two-run bottom of the inning with Ben Harvey delivering the go-ahead run with two outs in the frame.

In the top of the fifth, Austin Harber drilled a two-out homer over the left field fence, tying the game at 4-4.

That is the way it remained until Josh Prater knocked in Dakota Bateman with the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning for Moore County.

Harber went 2-3 with two RBIs, including the long knock, while Daughrity, Horvath, Alex Brewer, Thaddeus Reyes, and Hollingsworth all managed one hit apiece in the contest.

Horvath suffered the tough luck loss on the mound, giving up just two earned runs on five Moore County hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work, while walking four and striking out six Raider batters.