Rockets stop Raiders
The Forrest Rockets, coming off a 1-4 start this season, rode a complete game performance on the mound by Logan Hollingsworth and a clutch squeeze bunt RBI by Jacob Daughrity in the fourth inning to edge Moore County 2-1 in Chapel Hill Tuesday night.
Hollingsworth was strong on the hill for the Rockets, giving up a lone run on just two hits, while walking two, striking out three and hitting one Raider hitter in seven innings of work.
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"That's the Logan Hollingsworth that I know, he got a little shook up down there in Memphis versus Dyer County," said Forrest head coach Chris Parker. "But, he came back on some short rest and did a good job and that is what we expect from him and I think he will continue to repeat that and give us a chance to win every time he is out there."
James Daugherty, who also went the distance in the contest, was the tough luck loser for Moore County, allowing zero earned runs on four hits, while walking none, hitting one and striking out four Rocket batters.
Through the first two innings, Forrest left three runners on the bases without scoring, while the Raiders managed just a single base runner until the top of the third inning.
Logan Burt drew a four-pitch, one-out walk off Hollingsworth and was sacrificed to second by Chris Nix before Daugherty helped his own cause with a sharp single to left field, putting Raider runners on the corners.
Cole Boyce followed with an RBI base knock to center field where Daughrity scooped up the hit and alertly threw to third, nailing Boyce for the third out.
That would turn out to be a crucial run lost for Moore County.
Daugherty set down Forrest 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning as did Hollingsworth in the visitors' portion of the fourth.
With one out in the home half of the inning, Boone Sweeney laced a shot to right field that was mishandled and Sweeney ended up on second base.
"Boone just kind of shortened up and put the ball in play and a hop went our way and we were able to manufacture a couple of runs," said Parker.
Slayton Wild came in to run for Sweeney and Austin Harber followed with a base hit to left field.
The throw to try to get Wild at third went awry, allowing the Forrest freshman to score the game tying run.
Harber, who went to second on the bad throw, stole third and was relieved by Kennedy Mathis.
Daughrity took the sign from Parker and Mathis broke home as Daughrity managed to handle a high pitch in executing the suicide squeeze play that scored Mathis without a throw to the plate.
"Harber had a big hit there to drive in a run to tie it up and Daughrity did what Daughrity does," said Parker. "He is a senior and he executed that squeeze and got us ahead."
Hollingsworth allowed a base on balls to Mason Henshaw with one out in the fifth, but picked him off moments later and from there, Hollingsworth seemed to gain strength as he retired the next seven Moore County hitters in order to end the game.
Landon Jones (1-3), Tanner Garvin (1-3), Harber (1-3, SB) and Hollingsworth (1-3) all had one apiece for Forrest, while Daugherty and Boyce had the only two base hits for Moore County, who will host the Rockets on Wednesday.
"There is no rest in District 9-A, we play back-to-back and sometimes I don't know how they came up with that, but it is a good rule," said Parker. "We will go over there and play at their place on the road and we will put on our greys and they will put on their whites and we will see what we can do, maybe we can come out with a sweep."
Forrest (2-4, 2-0) notched the sweep on Wednesday, run ruling the Raiders 13-0 behind a complete game effort on the mound by Kennedy Mathis (5IP, 8 hits, BB, 2Ks) and a 13-hit offensive barrage.
Landon Jones (2-2, 2RS, 2SB, BB, RBI), Alex Brewer (2-3, 2RS, BB, 3RBIs), Jacob Daughrity (2-3, 3RS, SB) and Logan Hollingsworth (2-2, RS) all had a pair of hits in the game, while Mathis (1-3, RBI), Austin Harber (1-3, SB), Tanner Garvin (1-3, RS) and Bryce Oliver (1-1, SB, RBI) all had a single base knock for the Rockets.
Boone Sweeney also had a pair of RBIs in the game for Forrest.