Rockets precise in region win
The Forrest Rockets turned in an all-around solid effort Monday night at White House-Heritage, shutting out the Patriots 4-0 in the Region 5-A opener.
Logan Hollingsworth was superb on the mound in the complete game shutout, scattering six hits, while striking out two and walking two Pats hitters.
"What Logan did is the definition of pitching," said Forrest head coach Chris Parker. "He threw just 63 pitches in the complete game."
Forrest was also flawless on defense in an errorless effort and the Rockets got just enough out of their offense to secure a home game versus East Robertson at 7:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill Wednesday for the region title game.
"We just put the ball in play and found some holes," said Parker. "The kids showed a lot of plate discipline."
East Robertson axed the District 9-A champion MTCS Cougars 2-0 in Murfreesboro in Monday's other semifinal match-up.
The win also guarantees Parker's squad a Friday night sub-state game at home if they beat East Robertson, or on the road if they lose.
The other two participants in the region bracket are the Cornersville Bulldogs and the Summertown Eagles.
The Bulldogs, who came back to win 8-5 versus Collinwood will host Summertown, who ousted Columbia Academy 7-2.
"This means alot to our kids, our team, our school and our town," said Parker. "We are all just working hard trying to reach our goals and we appreciate all everyone has done."
Hollingsworth and E Allison battled on the mound over the first five innings as each starting hurler held the other side scoreless.
Forrest wasted a bases loaded two-out opportunity in the second inning, but the Patriots returned the favor in the fourth, leaving the bases juiced.
There was no scoring in the fifth, but in the sixth, the Rockets scored four times, beginning with a Landon Jones two-run single that scored Alex Brewer and Austin Harber.
Tanner Garvin added a fielder's choice RBI and pinch runner Cain Harrison crossed the dish with the Rockets' final run on an RBI base knock by Zach Horvath.
The four-run lead was plenty for Hollingsworth, who set down the Pats 1-2-3 in sixth, and after two White House-Heritage hitters reached base with two outs in the seventh, Hollingsworth grabbed a liner back to mound to secure the win for the Rockets (22-13).
Horvath (1-3, RBI, SB), Brewer (1-4, RS), Harber (1-3, RS), Garvin (1-3, RBI), Jones (1-4, RBI), Sweeney (1-4), and Hollingsworth (1-2, BB) all had one hit in the contest for Forrest.