Rockets rout Cougars, one win from 9A title

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Landen Jones does the home run trot in the fifth inning as Forrest beat MTCS 13-4 to advance to tonight's District 9-A title game in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest spotted Middle Tennessee Christian School (MTCS) three first-inning runs before the Rocket bats heated up, burning the Cougars 13-4 in the winners' bracket final of the District 9-A Tournament in Chapel Hill Tuesday night.

"It's a big win, last year we had a sour taste in our mouth from that first loss to Community and we got that revenge back and now we have one more game we need to get," said Forrest coach Bart Joyce. "It's good to know we got the region berth, but you have to take one game at a time and we want to win all of them."

Hot streak

Logan "Deuce" Hollingsworth continued his post-season hot streak at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

Designated hitter Landen Jones has officially come out of his slump as he banged a towering home run to left field in the fifth inning in part of a 2-for-4 night at plate with 4 RBIs.

Alex Brewer picked up the save, tossing three and a third innings of shutout relief.

Tanner Garvin started on the mound for the Rockets and went 3.2 innings for the win, giving up four earned runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking four MTCS batters.

Alex Brewer came on in the fourth inning with two outs and the bases loaded and proceeded to strike out Will Barham to end the inning, preserving a 7-4 lead.

'Awesome' job

"First of all, I want to say Garvin did an awesome job, he wasn't really in bad shape, I think he just missed his spots a couple of times," said Brewer.

Brewer pitched 3.1 of shut-out relief, giving up two hits, while walking one and striking out six Cougars to earn his second save of the season.

"When I came in I was focused in my mindset and was ready to go," said Brewer.

Logan Hollingsworth drills an opposite field double to right field in part of a 4-4 night at the plate.

Forrest trailed 4-2, going into the bottom of the third inning, but tied it up on a Jonathon Lykins single and an MTCS error before Hollingsworth and Jones busted the close game open with back-to-back opposite field doubles, making it 7-4.

"That was a very big moment in the game and gave us the big lead that we needed and got the boys going," said Joyce. "That was just two great at bats that got the job done when we needed the job done."

Powering ahead

MTCS never recovered on offense, while the Rockets added three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to take the victory and put Forrest one win away from the district title.

"These guys know how to hold their composure and just play the game," said Joyce. "That's what they did, they just played the game like they knew how and came up big instances in several instances at the plate and in the field."

The Rockets also earned their third consecutive trip to the Region 5-A Tournament as they continue a quest for back-to-back state tournament appearances.

"We want to win this next game and get to host," said Brewer. "As far as I know we have not lost a single game at home this season, so we want that home field advantage."

MTCS 0310000--4 8 7

Forrest 025033----13 10 2

MTCS: Parker Bates 1-for-3, Griffin Harper 1-for-3, Justin Winn 1-for-3, Will Barham 1-for-4, Peyton Buckner 1-for-4, Brayden Melton 1-for-4, Perry Patton 1-for-2.

Forrest: Logan Hollingsworth 4-for-4, Landen Jones 2-for-4, Alex Brewer 2-for-4, Jonathon Lykins 2-for-4.

WP: Tanner Garvin (4-2)

LP: Austin Melton