Hollingsworth hurls no-hitter at Vanderbilt

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Logan Hollingsworth (2) threw a no-hitter versus Eagleville Monday night at Vanderbilt University. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets like the big lights at Hawkins Field on the campus of Vanderbilt University, especially ace hurler Logan Hollingsworth, who tossed a no-hitter Monday night versus Eagleville in a 12-1 five inning, run-rule win.

"There was a lot of energy, we had a special guest at the school today in my friend Jason Maxwell, who kind of lit the fire and we kept it burning," said Forrest head coach Chris Parker. "They played very hard; I am proud of their effort and their energy."

Repeat win

It was Hollingsworth's second win in two years over the Eagles at Vanderbilt University.

"One of the reasons we come over here and play is the memories and Logan can tell his grandkids and great-grandkids about this one day from the rocking chair," said Parker. "He got stronger as the game went on and he did a heck of a job."

The senior righty was in control on the mound the entire game, striking out five, while allowing just three Eagles to reach base during the contest.

"I didn't think this would ever happen, it's amazing, " said Hollingsworth. "I was trying to throw strikes and some off speed to get them chasing."

Bats on target

The Rockets' offense was in control too and they struck early and often, staking Hollingsworth to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning.

"Any time you start off an inning with seven hits in a row, it makes my job easier and it made it easier for Hollingsworth too," said Parker.

Jacob Daughrity, Hollingsworth and Alex Brewer banged three singles in a row to load the bases in the bottom of the first inning.

Tanner Garvin (8) drills a bases-clearing double in the first inning for the Rockets, who run-ruled Eagleville 12-1 Monday night at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

Eagleville starting pitcher Britt Roberts got the first out on an infield pop-up before Tanner Garvin crushed a Roberts pitch to deep center, clearing the bases.

'Good feeling'

"That was a good feeling, I kind of just threw my hands at the ball and hit it hard," said Garvin. "I was struggling a little bit after a first pitch curveball, so on the next pitch I just tried to tee off on it."

Austin Harber followed with an infield single and Kennedy Mathis walked to re-load the sacks full of Rockets.

Garvin came home on an Eagleville error, making it 4-0 and Austin Welty made it a 5-0 contest when he perfectly executed the squeeze bunt, scoring Harber from third.

Hollingsworth mowed down the Eagles 1-2-3 in the top of the second and in the home half of the inning, Brewer walked to lead off the stanza before Landon Jones singled to left and Garvin lashed another hit to left that was misplayed, allowing Brewer to trot home with run No. 6.

Stretching lead

Harber followed with a sacrifice fly RBI to put the Rockets up 7-0.

Jake Bolden reached on a Forrest error to lead off the third inning and went to second on a passed ball before Hollingsworth recorded a strikeout for the first out.

Bolden moved to third on a wild pitch before coming home with the Eagles lone run in the game on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Kelley.

Brewer made it an 8-1 contest in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly and neither squad scored in the fourth inning.

Hollingsworth struck out the first two Eagleville batters in the top of the fifth and Jones gunned down an Eagle runner on a grounder to third to end the frame.

Welty belted a triple to lead off the bottom of the inning and scored on a wild pitch, making it 9-1.

Flexing muscles

Daughrity followed with a base on balls and stole second base before Hollingsworth slashed a single to center field, putting FHS runners on the corners.

Alex Brewer (20) rounds third and heads for home in the bottom of the fifth inning, capping off the win for the Rockets.

Brewer stepped in the batters box and hit a laser that was too hot for the right fielder to handle, allowing Daughrity and Hollingsworth to score, but Brewer never slowed down on the miscue and Parker waved him home, ending the game and securing the no-no for Hollingsworth.

The Rockets (12-6, 6-1) banged out 11 hits in the game as Daughrity (2-2, 3RS, 2SB, BB), Hollingsworth (2-4, 2RS, SB), Brewer (2-2, 3RS, 2 RBIs, BB) and Garvin (2-3, RS, 3RBIs) all had two hits, while Jones (1-3), Harber (1-2, RBI, RS) and Welty (1-2, RS, RBI) all had a single base knock.