Brashears twirls 1-hitter at Huntland

Friday, March 28, 2014
Hunter Beckman (8), seen here versus Eagleville, drove in three runs for the FMS Rockets, who won at 9-0 at Huntland on Monday. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets took full advantage of a one-hitter on the mound by Dustin Brashears and some clutch hitting in a 9-0 win at Huntland on Monday, upping the Forrest win streak to six games.

Brashears tossed 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, while striking out nine and walking zero Hornets' batters in the contest.

Time off

The Rockets (6-1), who have not lost since opening day to Fayetteville, failed to get Tuesday's doubleheader versus Community played because of frigid wind chills.

FMS will not play again until Monday when they travel to Cornersville.

The Rockets opened up an early cushion at Huntland as Dylan Pendley and Brashears were beaned in back-to-back at bats, leading off the ballgame.

A double steal moved both runners up and after a Rocket strikeout, Hunter Beckman delivered a base hit, making it a 2-0 ballgame.

Good pitching

Brashears whiffed the first two Huntland batters in the bottom of the inning before an infield error put a Hornet runner on first base, but Brashears negated the early miscue on an inning ending strikeout.

Ryan Moses led off the second inning with a base hit and would come around to score on a wild pitch, while Dylan Eady, who reached on a fielder's choice added run number four when he scored via a sacrifice fly by Pendley.

Brashears was unhittable over the next five innings, retiring the side in order every time while Forrest came up with a single run in the third inning before busting the game wide open with a four-run fourth.

Eady got thing going in the four-spot when he reached on a one-out error, before Pendley beat out a bunt single and Brashears was hit by a pitch to load the sacks for Lane LaPorte, who drilled a two-run double, making it a 7-0 contest.

Still more runs

Beckman added another run with a sacrifice fly RBI and the Rockets made it a 9-0 contest when LaPorte scooted across the plate on a Hornet miscue in the field.

Dylan Pendley (6), seen here at Eagleville, had four put-outs and four assists in the field versus the Hornets.

Brashears took his no-no into the seventh inning and retired the first batter on a grounder to short before the Hornets finally came up with their first hit of the game.

Brashears re-focused on the hill and got a pair of infield grounders to end the game.

The Rockets finished with eight hits in the contest as Beckman (2-4, RS, 3RBIs) delivered two base knocks, while Pendley (1-4, BB, 2RS, RBI), LaPorte (1-4, RS, 2RBIs), Brashears (1-4, 2RS, 2HBP), Moses (1-3, RS, RBI), Chase Karaczewski (1-3) and Drew Daughrity (1-1) all had one hit apiece.