Rockets win on Hollingsworth gem

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Logan Hollingsworth (2) picked up his second complete-game win in a row for the Rockets, who topped MTCS 4-1 in Chapel Hill Monday night. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest ace Logan Hollingsworth turned in his second consecutive complete game win in Chapel Hill, leading the Rockets to a solid 4-1 win over Middle Tennessee Christian School Monday night.

"I just told the boys that this kinda reminds of the nights when we used to play the Forrest Rockets when I was at Cascade," said Forrest head coach Chris Parker. "Everybody was in the game, there was a lot of intensity, and a lot of hustle doing all the little things right and that is what we did tonight."

Powerful force

Hollingsworth was efficient, powerful and dastardly on the mound as he surrendered just three hits and zero earned runs, while walking one and whiffing four Cougar batters in the contest.

"Again, he shook off that bad start in Memphis and he was right on against Moore County and he was right on tonight," said Parker. "We are trying to get ahead of people to start off, we are just trying to get a strike to get ahead or get a ground ball out of it and sometimes with two strikes we didn't waste one, we came right after them to keep his pitch count down, so we can try to bounce him back this weekend."

Hollingsworth threw 92 total pitches in the game and 62 went for strikes.

Hollingsworth and MTCS starter Peyton Buckner battled on the mound through two scoreless innings before the Rockets opened the scoring in the bottom of third as Jacob Daughrity slashed a two-out single and stole second before scoring on an RBI double by Austin Harber.

Cougars held off

The Cougars came back to rally with two outs in the top of the fourth as Buckner reached on an infield single, went to second on a wild pitch and came home on a base hit to center by Perry Patton.

The Rockets got two on with two outs in the home half of the frame, but could not push a run across.

Hollingsworth set down MTCS 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth on three infield outs and in the bottom of the inning, Forrest put some distance between themselves and the Cougars for good.

Daughrity drew a big leadoff walk and stole second, putting himself in perfect scoring position as Harber followed with a base hit over the left fielder's head and Daughrity scampered home on a bad relay throw, making it 2-1.

Austin Harber (6) dives back to the third-base bag after driving in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.

Harber, who hustled to third base on the errant throw, scored easily when Alex Brewer drilled a double into the left/center field gap.

Landon Jones provided the final insurance run for the Rockets when he slashed a base hit to right field that scored Brewer, making it a 4-1 ballgame.

One-two punch

"Our one and two hole tonight, Daughrity and Harber two seniors led us off there when the game was tight to get something going," said Parker. "Then what I call the beef, Brewer, Sweeney, Garvin, and Jones got a chance to swing it and did a good job, but when we got the bases loaded there with two outs, we didn't get that knockout punch we needed."

Will Barham reached on an infield error with one out in the top of the sixth before Hollingsworth got the second out on a pop-up to Austin Welty and the inning ended on a called third strike via a nasty Hollingsworth curveball.

Forrest did not score in the bottom of the sixth and Hollingsworth made quick work of the Cougars in the last inning, retiring the side in order to end the ballgame.

Alex Brewer (20) who had two stolen bases in the game, measures the MTCS pitcher with a big lead off the first-base bag.

The Rockets (5-5, 3-0) managed nine hits in the contest as Hollingsworth (2-3), Harber (2-4, RS, RBI) and Brewer (2-3, RS, BB, 2SB, RBI) all had two hits apiece for the Rockets.

Daughrity (1-3, 2RS, BB, 2SB), Jones (1-3) and Tanner Garvin (1-3) had one base knock each.