Rockets beat Creek Wood on bases
The Forrest Rockets notched their fifth win in a row with a close 3-2 win over Class AA Creekwood Friday night at the Rocket/Tiger Classic in Chapel Hill.
"That was big win for us, they have a real good baseball team with outstanding coaches," said Forrest head coach Chris Parker. "They also have a pretty good looking girls' basketball coach I am going to marry this summer that teaches at Creekwood, so it will at little easier for me to sleep tonight."
Forrest ace Logan Hollingsworth picked up his third win in a row in Chapel Hill, earning the complete game victory as the Rocket righty gave up one earned run on six hits, while striking out three and walking two Red Hawks in the contest.
Creekwood jumped out to an early one-run lead as Jamey Williams reached on a one-out error in the first inning and was knocked in on an RBI double off the bat of Kyle Heggie.
Creekwood starter Austin Willis was on his game too, setting down the Rockets in order in the first and second innings before Kennedy Mathis notched the first base hit off Willis, leading off the third.
After Mathis was sacrificed to second by Boone Sweeney, Forrest squandered the scoring opportunity when back-to-back walks were negated by a caught stealing at second and an inning ending pickoff play by Willis to first base.
The hurlers dueled through the next two inning and the Rockets were denied a two-on, two out opportunity in the bottom of the fifth when Red Hawk third baseman Tyler Hines grabbed a hot shot at third and stepped on the bag to end the inning.
In the top of the sixth inning, Heggie drilled a leadoff homerun over the left field fence, making it a 2-0 contest, but Hollingsworth came back and did not allow any more runs.
Alex Brewer lashed a one-out single for the Rockets in the home half of the frame and Landon Jones was beaned by Willis.
Slayton Wild came in to run for Jones at first base before Tanner Garvin grounded a ball to third that was fielded by Hines, who threw to second for the out, but the relay throw to first got away, allowing Brewer to score, making it 2-1.
Garvin advanced to second on the Creekwood error and was replaced by Jonathan Lykins before an infield single by Hollingsworth put Rockets on the corners.
Hollingsworth took off for second and stopped to draw a throw in the delay steal call and it went awry, allowing Lykins to score the tying run from third and Hollingsworth ended up on third base on the throw to attempt to get Lykins out at home.
Rattled by the misfortune, Willis uncorked a wild pitch and Hollingsworth scampered home with the go-ahead tally.
"We were able to put the ball in play a little bit and do some things on the bases to scratch out a few runs," said Parker. "If you go back to last year, we won a region championship with one run and that is kind of what we did tonight."
Nash Faught reached on a Forrest error, leading off the seventh before Hollingsworth retired the next three Red Hawk batters to end the game.
Forrest managed just four hits in the contest with Brewer going 2-3, while Hollingsworth and Kennedy Mathis managed one hit apiece.
"The boys are playing hard, we are playing through a tough schedule and some injuries, so we are just trying to prepare for the district games," said Parker.