Rockets soar over Fayetteville

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Caleb Keller (3) came up for his first varsity at bat of the season after being injured during basketball season and the senior drew a base on balls in the bottom of the fourth inning. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets pulled out the heavy lumber Monday versus Fayetteville, banging out 14 hits in five innings of work that resulted in a 14-3 run-rule win over the Tigers.

"Ever since the Huntland series, we have tried to make it a focus to get better offensive and we are doing that, hitting the baseball, but we have to get a little better stealing and bunting, but yes we are hitting the ball good right now," said Forrest head coach Chris Parker.

Rocket ace Logan Hollingsworth (6-2) struggled with his control early, but fought through it and came back with a solid four-inning effort on the hill, giving up zero earned runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out three.

Working it out

"Logan didn't have his best stuff, but he only gave up one run until we took him out," said Parker. "He was all around the place, this and that, we just need to work it out Wednesday and Thursday and give him a little bullpen and possibly bring him back on Friday to work those kinks out and get ready for the next district game."

Fayetteville came up with one run on three hits in the first inning before Hollingsworth closed the door for the reminder of his time on the mound.

Tanner Garvin, who went 4-4 in the game, ropes a two-run double in the first inning in the Rockets' 14-3 win over Fayetteville Monday night in Chapel Hill.

Ryan Byrd finished the job for the Rockets in the top of the fifth, giving up back-to-back doubles to Ryan Yates and Zach Harwell before retiring the next three Tigers batters on ground ball outs to seal the win.

Tanner Garvin, who turned in a perfect 4-4 performance from the dish, got things started with a two-run single in the first inning for the Rockets.

Big hitters

Austin Harber and Boone Sweeney drove in teammates during the six-run first inning and Jacob Jones knocked in two more with a double.

A Brewer two-run long bomb over the right field fence in the bottom of the second inning made it an 8-0 ballgame and Parker began to sub liberally.

There was no scoring over the next two innings before the Rockets added a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth, making it a 10-1 ballgame.

Alex Brewer (20) runs out through his teammates before the game in which Brewer went 2-3, including a home run in the second inning.

After the Tigers scored two runs off Byrd in the top of the fifth, Forrest put the game away in five batters, beginning with a base on balls to Brewer.

Final shots

Jonathan Lykins beat out an infield single, Garvin laced a base hit to left to load the bases and Harber knocked home Brewer and Lykins before Kennedy Mathis ended the contest with a shot to right field.

Austin Harber (3-4, 2RS, 3RBIs, SB) had three hits in the contest, while Jacob Daughrity (2-4), Hollingsworth (2-3, 2RS, HBP) and Brewer (2-3, 3RS, 2RBIs, BB) all managed a pair of base knocks.

Lykins (1-2, RS, BB), Mathis (1-3, 3RBIs, HBP), Sweeney (1-3, RS, RBI) and Jones all had one hot apiece for Forrest (17-6, 8-1).