Lions sweep Rockets, 6-1

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
From left, Ryan Byrd, Kennedy Mathis, Jacob Daughrity, Austin Harber, and Caleb Keller pose for Senior Night before the game. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After a close 3-2 loss to Columbia Central in Chapel Hill on Friday, the Rockets were looking for revenge on the road on Saturday, but the Lions came away winners again by a 6-1 margin, making it four straight wins over Forrest since 2002.

On Friday, the Lions scored three runs in the second inning off Forrest starter Ryan Byrd before Jacob Daughrity came to the hill and shut down Columbia Central the rest of the way.

Good game

Daughrity went five and one third innings in his senior night relief stint, giving up zero runs on just three hits, while walking one and striking out five Columbia Central batters.

A Slayton Wild RBI fielder's choice drove in Tanner Garvin in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 3-1 and that would be the last tally for either side until the final inning.

Jacob Daughrity (9) came on in relief in the bottom of the second inning and shut down Columbia Central the rest of the way Friday night.

Daughrity continued his mastery over the Lions and Columbia starter Devin Smylar pitched through the fourth inning before Blake Edwards came to the mound in the fifth and held Forrest scoreless in the fifth and six innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Rockets mustered up a rally when Alex Brewer banged a two-out single to center and went to second on a wild pitch before Landon Jones ripped an RBI base hit to center, making it a 3-2 contest.

No comeback

Edwards squelched the Forrest comeback attempt when he got a pop-up to shortstop, ending the game.

Jones went 3-4 in the contest with an RBI, while Brewer (2-4, RS) had two hits and Daughrity had the other base knock for the Rockets.

Spencer Holt managed two hits for Columbia Central in the contest, while Alex Webb, William Pilkington, Carter Bair, Dylan Horne, Jonathan Davis, and Jonathan Harris had one base knock apiece for the Lions.

On Saturday, it was the Alex Webb show for Columbia Central as the highly touted Lions catcher went 2-2 with five RBIs, including a three-run homerun in a 6-1 win over the Rockets.

Central had just three hits in the contest, but were helped out by three Forrest errors and seven free passes.

Early scores

Webb put the Lions in the scoring column with an RBI base hit in the bottom of the first inning and in the second inning, Webb followed Ryne Baxter home after the two were issued back-to-back RBI walks with the base loaded.

After a scoreless third inning, the Rockets finally got on the board on the top of the fourth when Wild slashed a one-out single, stole second and scored on a Columbia Central error.

Webb essentially put the game out of reach, bashing a three-run dinger in the home half of the frame and Baxter, who went the distance for the win on the hill for the Lions allowed just two base runners over the final three innings.

Alex Brewer (20) had two hits for the Rockets in their 3-2 loss to the Lions Friday night in Chapel Hill.

The Rockets had eight hits off Baxter with Brewer (2-4) and Wild (2-3, RS, SB) coming up with a pair, while Austin Harber (1-2, BB, SB), Austin Welty (1-3), Daughrity (1-3, sac), and Landon Jones (1-3) all had one hit apiece for the Rockets (23-9).