Seniors spark Rockets

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
From left on senior night at are Forrest coach Seth Brothers, senior Logan "Deuce" Hollingsworth, coach Andy Burkett, senior Tanner Garvin and coach Bart Joyce. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

You could never make this up, nor do you want to forget it.

Logan Hollingsworth and Tanner Garvin went happily through the rituals of senior night at Forrest before taking on first-place Huntland on a rainy Friday night.

The Chapel Hill duo proceeded to lead the take down over the Hornets, along with some help from their Forrest teammates.

Seniors shine

"It doesn't get any better than that and I couldn't happen to two better guys, on and off the field," said Forrest coach Bart Joyce. "This senior night belonged to them, they came up big when we needed and I have been with these two guys since eighth-grade, so to see them go out like this and have a season like this is just great."

Garvin put up a perfect 3-3 performance at the dish, including a solo homerun and a two-run double that gave Forrest the lead for good in the fifth inning.

"This victory felt great tonight, I hope we can just keep up on Monday," said Garvin.

Hollingsworth said about Garvin's home run, "I wasn't even looking when he hit it, when I heard it hit the bat, I just got up and starting screaming, I knew it was out."

Logan "Deuce" Hollingsworth (2) picked up the complete game win over Huntland Friday night in Chapel Hill.

Complete game

Hollingsworth did not have his best stuff on the mound, but turned in a gutty complete game performance in the foul weather.

The senior Forrest ace gave up just four hits and struck out seven Hornets, but struggled with his control as he issued seven walks in the game.

"It was great, especially coming back from that fifth inning where I had a hiccup," said Hollingsworth.

Ryan Yelensky, who went 2-3 at the plate, doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth and came around to score on an error during a single by Alex Brewer.

Austin Welty sacrificed Brewer to third before Jonathon Lykins drilled an RBI single up the middle, spoiling a 1-0 Huntland lead.

Huge hit

Tanner Garvin (8), who drove in three runs in the senior night win, is all smiles rounding third base after belting a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Garvin tagged Huntland ace lefty Kobe Foster deep over the left field fence to lead off the bottom of the fourth, making it 3-1.

"It felt great, when I hit that home run I thought it was just a lazy fly ball, but it just happened to carry out," said Garvin. "He left that one right down the middle and I just hit it, oh well."

Hollingsworth said about Garvin's home run, "I wasn't even looking when he hit it, when I heard it hit the bat, I just got up and starting screaming, I knew it was out."

The Hornets came right back as Cole Ashley and Cameron Mahaffey came up with RBIs in the top of the fifth inning, providing Foster a tie game.

"They (Huntland) are a scrappy team, coach (Michael) Tipps runs a tight program over there and they come out playing every time," said Joyce. "They are going to swing to the very end and they will never give up, but we expected and the boys fought and came up big."

Two-run double

Lykins, Boone Sweeney and Slayton Wild came up with back-to-to-back singles to lead off the home half of the fifth inning before Garvin delivered with a two-run double in to the left/center field gap.

Two outs later, Yelensky knocked in Garvin, making it a 6-3 ballgame.

"I came in here in the dugout and cleaned my cleats off a little bit and sat and focused on what I needed to do," said Hollingsworth. "Coach (Andy) Burkett really helped me focused and talked me down and then I went put and finished."

Hollingsworth set down six out of the next seven Huntland batters, finishing off the Hornets, locking the two squads in a tie for first place in the District 9-A standings.

Turnaround

"We have completely turned it around 180 degrees," said Hollingsworth. "I think we have turned it around for the rest of the year."

Joyce is now 4-0 as Forrest coach and will be facing the biggest test of his career as the Rockets (15-7, 8-3) travelled to Huntland (15-7, 8-3) on Monday for one for the district title.

"I never would have dreamed this after being a week on the job," said Joyce. "These are good kids who take coaching, they are just a good bunch of kids, that's all you can say about them."

Huntland 0010200--3 4 1

Forrest 002130-----6 11 1

Huntland: Cole Ashley 2-for-4, Kobe Foster 1-for-4, Evans Ray 1-for-4.

Forrest: Tanner Garvin 3-for-3, Jonathon Lykins 2-for-4, Ryan Yelensky 2-for-3, Alex Brewer 1-for-2, Boone Sweeney 1-for-4, Slayton Wild 1-for-4, Landen Jones 1-for-3.

WP: Logan Hollingsworth (7-5)

LP: Kobe Foster