FMS Rockets complete season sweep over Bulldogs

Friday, April 4, 2014
FMS starting pitcher Ethan Mealer (1) hurled four innings of one-hit ball for the Rockets, who beat Cornersville 13-1 in Chapel Hill Wednesday night. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After an exciting 2-1 extra-inning win in Cornersville on Monday, the FMS Rockets completed the regular season sweep over the Bulldogs with a 13-1 five-inning, run-rule win in Chapel Hill on Wednesday night.

"Cornersville is a talented team and they are very well-coached," said FMS head Coach Bart Joyce. "I am very happy with the way we played the past two days and this time of the season is when you want to be hitting on all cylinders, going into the tournament in a week."

On the mound

Cornersville's Cade Hopkins (17) breaks up the no-hitter with a base hit to right field in the fourth inning.

FMS starting pitcher Ethan Mealer took a no-hitter into the fourth inning before Cornersville's Cade Hopkins singled to right field with two outs.

Jarvis Lyttle came to the hill in the fifth to close out the game for Forrest.

"Mealer did a nice job once he got settled down. He started off shaky with a few walks, but got in a groove and bounced back and pitched a good game," said Joyce. "Jarvis Lyttle came in and backed him up and also threw very well."

FMS had eight hits in the game off three Bulldog pitchers with Dylan Pendley (2-3, 2RS, RBI, BB) and Hunter Beckman (2-3, 2RS, 2RBIs, SB) leading the way with two hits apiece for the Rockets.

Dustin Brashear (1-3, 2RS, RBI, HBP), Drew Daughrity (1-2, RS, RBI, BB), Brett Burnham (1-1) and Hayden Pate (1-1, RS, RBI) all had one base knock apiece for FMS.


"We've been pretty consistent lately in our hitting and it's always helpful to a pitcher when you put together that many hits and pitch with the lead as we did yesterday," said Joyce. "Especially in a big county game and playing a very well-coached team like yesterday."

FMS scored three runs in the first inning and four more in the bottom of the second to take an early 7-0 stranglehold in the game.

The Rockets posted a single run in the third inning before breaking the game wide open in the fourth as they scored five runs to set up the run-rule win.

The Rockets (8-1, 6-1) are currently the No. 2 seed for the upcoming conference tournament, still trailing Fayetteville Middle, who is undefeated in conference play.