Foster gem halts Forrest win streak

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca Kennedy Mathis (22) hurled a complete game three-hitter for the Rockets on Monday versus Huntland, but it was not enough as the Hornets prevailed 3-0.

Forrest knew coming in to Monday night's District 9A battle in Chapel Hill that facing Huntland ace lefty Kobe Foster in Chapel Hill was going to be a tough task and it turned out to be true as the Hornet hurler shutout the Rockets 3-0 on just two hits.

Foster gave up a leadoff double to Jacob Daughrity in the bottom of the first before stymieing the Rockets over the next six and two third innings when Logan Hollingsworth banged a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh.

Foster struck out eight, walked one and hit two Forrest batters, garnering the complete game win for the Hornets.

Few runners

Forrest had just one base runner reach third base and only three Rockets stood on the second base bag in the game.

Rocket starter Kennedy Mathis pitched superb in defeat, going the distance in the contest as he allowed one earned run on three hits, while striking out nine and walking one Huntland batter.

Huntland picked up the only run they would need in the top of the first inning as Evans Ray and Foster drew one-out, back-to-back walks before Cole Ashley drove in Ray with an RBI single to left field.

Foster retired the Rockets 1-2-3 in the second and the game went to the fourth inning when the Hornets put up two unearned runs on three Forrest errors and a wild pitch, making it a three-zip ballgame.

Mound battle

Mathis and Foster continued to battle on the hill with the Rockets stranding a runner at third base in the sixth inning and the Hornets could not get a runner home from third in the top of the seventh with two outs.

Foster retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the seventh before Hollingsworth kept the Rockets alive with a sharp single to left field, but Foster closed the door with a game ending strikeout.

The two squads will meet again in Huntland on Tuesday as the Rockets (10-6, 4-1) embark on a five-day road trip, including a game at Vanderbilt on Monday versus Eagleville.