Rockets off to good start

Friday, March 20, 2015
Forrest's Landon Jones (10) runs out before a game last season for the Rockets, who dropped their season opener versus Columbia Academy before reeling off three straight wins. Tribune file photo by Anthony S. Puca

After a season opening 9-3 loss to Columbia Academy on March 14, the Forrest Rockets have won three games in row under first-year coach Jimmy Nave.

Rockets ace pitcher Logan Hollingsworth tossed just one-inning on the hill in the loss to the Bulldogs before coming back two days later with a solid five-inning effort at Community, evening his record at 1-1.

Forrest 16, Community 6

Hollingsworth went five innings in the 16-6 win at Unionville, giving up three earned runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking three.

Landon Jones hit the Rockets' first home run of the year and drove in four runs on three hits and scored three times.

Boone Sweeney, Tanner Garvin (2 RBIs), Jonathon Lykins (2 RBIs), and Alex Brewer (3 RS) all had two hits apiece in the contest.

Brewer also pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Rockets.

Forrest 10, Community 0

Forrest came back the following day with a big 10-0 win over the Vikings in Chapel Hill to complete the home and home sweep.

Garvin went the distance on the mound for the Rockets in the five-inning run-rule win, giving up five hits, while striking out six and walking none.

The Rockets exploded with a seven-run second inning off Community starting pitcher Darian Pride and put up three more runs in the third inning as Garvin completed the shutout, blanking the Vikings the rest of the way.

Forrest had eight hits in the contest with Brewer (RBI) and Bryce Oliver coming up with a pair of base knocks apiece.

Jones (2 RBIs), Austin Welty, Lykins (RBI), and Hollingsworth accounted for the other four safeties for the Rockets.

Forrest 3, Cascade 1

In a game rescheduled from an earlier date, Forrest capped off the three game win streak with a tough 3-1 win over Cascade Wednesday night in Chapel Hill.

Nave handed Lykins the ball for the start and big right-hander tossed a solid six innings, giving up just one unearned run on four hits, while striking out two and walking two.

Forrest was helped out by four Cascade errors in the game and the Rockets managed just two off hits off two Community pitchers.

Sweeny had one hit and drove home a run on a sacrifice fly, while Brewer had one hit and scored twice.

Welty walked and scored for Forrest, who host Lincoln County tonight before taking on Fayetteville in a home and home series Monday and Tuesday with the first game in Chapel Hill.