FMS Rockets run-rule Eagleville

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Jarvis Lyttle (18) knocks in two of his runs in the contest with a bases-loaded single in the fourth inning for the Rockets, who run-ruled Eagleville 10-0 on Friday. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets traveled to Eagleville on Friday for a make-up game and the Chapel Hill nine came away with a 10-0 five inning, run-rule win over the Eagles to improve to 5-1 on the season.

"We have gotten better since game one and that's baseball, it's a marathon to have the whole season to play for the tournament," said Forrest head coach Bart Joyce. "Every game we try to step up one notch from the previous game and we have three big conference games Monday and Tuesday, so we will have to show up and get better every day."

Solid game

FMS was sharp in all phases of the game, beginning with a solid pitching performance by Drew Daughrity, who slung a complete game, while scattering five hits, striking out five, walking one and beaning one Eagleville batter.

Drew Daughrity (9), who went the distance on the hill for the Rockets, whiffs an Eagleville batter to end the game.

"We played well today, especially pitching where we had a big performance from Drew Daughrity," said Joyce. "He threw a heck of a ballgame, came in and threw strikes, shut them down and of course, had some good defense behind him."

The Rockets banged out a dozen hits on offense with Jarvis Lyttle leading the Forrest barrage in a 2-4 performance at the plate, including four RBIs and two runs scored.

There was no tallies in the first inning, but in the top of the second, FMS broke the ice, plating three runs on a Lyttle two-run double and an RBI base hit by Daughrity.

Double play

Daughrity gave up a one-out hit to Mitchell Turner in the bottom of the inning, but gunned Turner out for the double play at first after snagging a line drive on the next pitch.

The Rockets added four runs to their tally sheet in the top of the fourth with Jarvis delivering a two-run single, while Daughrity and Ty Hengesbach added runs number eight and nine on fielder choice RBIs.

Eagleville got their first two runners on base in the home half of the fourth inning before Daughrity retired the next three batters on a pair of ground balls back to the box and a fly ball to Hengesbach in center field.

Stealing away

Forrest backstop Ryan Moses, who went a perfect 3-3 in the contest, walked with one out in the top of the fifth and proceeded to steal second and third base before coming home on an RBI ground-out by Grayson Whaley.

Daughrity took the 10-run lead to the bottom of the fifth and gave up a two-out single to Cody Stotlemire before striking out Zach Hill to end the game.

Daughrity (2-3, 2RBIs) and Hengesbach (2-3, RS, 2RBIs) had two hits apiece for the Rockets, while Hunter Beckman (1-3, RS), Lane Allen (1-3, RS) and Dylan Eady (1-1, sac bunt) all had one hit each.