Rockets win 1, outwait rain for 2nd

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Landon Jones (10) drills a three-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning for Forrest, who took an 11-1 run-rule win over Cannon County in a game that was played over a two-day period because of rain. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest opened up the Rocket/Tiger Classic Thursday afternoon with a big 4-3 come from behind win over McMinn Central before stamping an 11-1 victory over Cannon County in a game that was suspended due to rain on Thursday and resumed on Saturday.

In the Rockets' tournament opener, Forrest fell behind 2-0 on a pair of RBI two baggers by Jace Johnson and Will McInturff off FHS starting pitcher Alex Brewer in the top of the second inning.

Pitchers' duel

Brewer settled in after the two-run second by the Chargers, tossing no-hit ball and was joined in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel by McMinn Central starting pitcher Hunter Shaw, who had the Rockets stymied over the first five innings.

Shaw gave up one hit over the time span, but in the bottom of the sixth, the Rockets broke through with four runs on three hits and were helped by a couple of free passes and a wild pitch by Shaw.

Austin Harber and Logan Hollingsworth had RBIs in the comeback and Tanner Garvin's run scoring single put the Rockets in front.

Ryann Dahle led off the top of the seventh inning with a double and went to third on a passed before Ryan Byrd relieved Brewer on the mound.

Eric Hart made it a 4-3 ballgame on a sacrifice fly, but Byrd slammed the door shut on McMinn as the game ended on two infield pop-ups.

Two-day game

Forrest took on Cannon in a rainy late game on Thursday as freshman Jonathon Lykins got the start and the win for the Rockets, giving up one unearned run on five hits over four innings.

Forrest opened the scoring in the second inning as they loaded the bases before Cain Harrison was beaned for an RBI and Jacob Daughrity followed with a squeeze bunt ribbie.

The Rockets added two unearned runs in the third inning before Cannon County finally got on the board on an RBI triple by Preston Campbell in the top of the fourth.

Daughrity led off the home half of the inning with single to right field and Harber and Brewer were beaned on back-to-back at bats before the skies opened up with heavy rain and the game was suspended with Forrest in front 5-1.

The game did not resume until Saturday afternoon and it did not the Rockets long to put the game in the books.

Hits fly

Landon Jones drilled a bases clearing double to drive in all three Rocket runners that re-took their bases after resumption.

Jones would score one out later on a Logan Hollingsworth fielder's choice RBI, making it 9-1.

Austin Harber took over for Lykins on the hill for the Rockets and allowed one base runner in the top of the fifth.

In the home half of the inning, Cain Harrison reached on an error in the leadoff spot and Jacob Jones was hit by a pitch before Harber and Brewer followed with back-to-back RBI hits, invoking the run-rule provision at 11-1.