Eagleville sweeps past Rockets
The Forrest Rockets were sitting atop the District 9-A standings after sweeping Moore County in a doubleheader on Saturday in Chapel Hill, but on Tuesday Eagleville turned the tables on coach Jimmy Nave's squad when they took a pair in Rutherford County.
The Eagles won the first game 4-1 before completing the sweep with a 5-1 win over Forrest.
The Rockets were relatively silent in the batter's box versus the Eagles, coming up with 10 hits in the double-bubble, while Eagleville banged out 21 base knocks.
"We definitely left the bats home," said Forrest coach Jimmy Nave. "We left entirely too many runners on base."
"I will give credit to them, they hit everything we threw from hitters one through nine."
In game one, the Eagles posted two first inning runs off Forrest staff ace Logan Hollingsworth via RBI hits by Wes Burris and Curt Jones.
The Eagles tacked on another run in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Jonah Clement, making it a 3-0 ballgame.
Freed-Hardeman University signee Christian Hill kept Forrest off balance the entire game, allowing zero earned runs in the contest.
Hill went the distance for the complete game victory, giving up one unearned run on six hits, while striking out nine and walking one Forrest batter.
Forrest broke up Hill's shutout attempt when Hollingsworth banged an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning.
Ty Ellis made it a 4-1 ballgame when he got the run back for Eagleville with an RBI single in the home half of the sixth.
Tanner Garvin led off the top of the seventh with a double and two outs later, Vanderbilt commit Alex Brewer singled to right field, putting Rockets on the corners.
The comeback attempt was thwarted when Hill induced an infield pop-up to end the game.
Hollingsworth also went the distance in the loss, giving up three earned runs on 11 hits, while striking out four and walking none.
Just like home
Forrest was the home team on the scoreboard in game two, but it was Eagleville who followed the script from the opening game as they score three unearned runs in the top of the second inning off Forrest starting pitcher Tanner Garvin.
Matthew Boyett drove home one and Jake Bolden knocked in two Eagleville runners in the inning with a bases loaded single.
Boyett came up with another RBI base hit in the top of the fourth to make it a 4-0 ballgame, while Eagles' starting hurler Matthew Westbury silenced the Rockets' bats.
Bolden gave Westbury a 5-0 lead with an RBI single in the top of the fourth.
Forrest pushed across its only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI base knock by Garvin before the game ended on Westbury's tenth strikeout.
Westbury allowed just four Forrest hits in the game, one each by Landon Jones, Brewer, Boone Sweeney and Garvin.
Garvin went three innings on the hill for the Rockets before Ryan Yelensky came on to pitch four innings of scoreless relief, giving up four hits, while striking out four and walking none.
"Garvin did pitch well, but we made some errors in crucial situations behind him," said Nave. "And Ryan (Yelensky) came in and threw the ball really well."
The Rockets (11-7, 5-3) return to action tonight when they travel to Coffee County (4-14).
"We have to get to work and correct our mistakes and finish strong," said Nave. "We have some very big district games remaining."
Forrest 0000010--1 6 1
Eagleville 210001----4 11 1
Forrest: Alex Brewer 2-for-3, Jonathon Lykins 1-for-3, Logan Hollingsworth 1-for-3, Boone Sweeney 1-for-3, Tanner Garvin 1-for-3.
Eagleville: Jake Bolden 3-for-4, Curt Jones 2-for-3, Matthew Boyett 2-for-3, Ty Ellis 1-for-4, Weston Burris 1-for-4, Tyler Vanergriff 1-for-3, Jonah Clement 1-for-3.
WP: Christian Hill
LP: Logan Hollingsworth
Eagleville 0311000--5 10 1
Forrest 0000001--1 4 2
Eagleville: Ty Ellis 3-for-4, Matthew Boyett 3-for-4, Jake Bolden 2-for-4, Weston Burris 1-for-3, John Fitzgerald 1-for-4.
Forrest: Alex Brewer 1-for-3, Landon Jones 1-for-3, Boone Sweeney 1-for-2, Tanner Garvin 1-for-3.
WP: Matthew Westbury
LP: Tanner Garvin