LMS puts freeze on Rockets

Friday, March 4, 2016
LMS starting pitcher Preston Shelton pitched five innings of no-hit baseball versus FMS Wednesday night as the Tigers beat the Rockets 11-5. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The LMS Tigers traveled to a frigid Chapel Hill Wednesday night where Preston Shelton made the Rockets even colder, tossing five innings of no-hit baseball to lead the Lewisburg boys to an 11-5 win.

Caleb McElhaney came on for Shelton in the sixth and even though he probably could not even hold onto the ice ball by issuing seven bases on balls and five runs, the Rockets still did not manage a hit.

Walker Whaley led the Tigers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run scored, two RBI, a base on balls and a stolen base.

Walker Whaley had three out of the eight hits for the Tigers and drove in two runs.

Productive inning

Thomas Beardsley delivered two hits in four at bats and drove in three runs for LMS, who scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning on just one hit.

Carson Blackwell pitched well, but did not get much help from his defense, which committed seven errors in the game.

FMS starting pitcher Carson Blackwell never had much of a chance to perform as the Rockets' defense committed three errors in the inning and ended up with seven miscues in the contest.

The Tigers scored three more times in the top of the third inning on an RBI fielder's choice by Blake Aldridge, a run scoring single by Shelton and an FMS miscue in the field.

The temperature fell even further and both teams went into a freeze until the bottom of the sixth when FMS pushed across a run without a base hit.

Rockets score

Cannon Cervantes walked to leadoff the frame, stole second base and went to third on a passed ball before Max Kirby drew a base-on-balls.

A double steal allowed Cervantes to score, but Kirby was tagged out and the inning ended without the Rockets scoring again.

McCormick doubled to lead off the top of the seventh inning and would come around to score on a Peyton Graves RBI groundout and two more LMS runners would cross home later in the frame on some more sloppy defense by Forrest, making it 11-1.

The weather went south in the bottom of the seventh as McCormick had trouble holding on to the baseball and issued five walks and three wild pitches in the inning as the Rockets pushed across four runs before the game ended when Max Kirby was caught stealing.

Next games

FMS has a home and away with Liberty with the Rockets travelling to Bedford County on Monday and the Patriots coming to Chapel Hill on Tuesday.

LMS has three consecutive home game at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Field at Lewisburg, beginning with a matchup versus Cornersville today at 4:30.

The Tigers have a pair of 5 p.m. starts when they play Eagleville on Monday and EA Cox on Tuesday.

Cody Sisk flies in from right filed and tries to make a running catch in the first inning.

LMS 017 000 3-11 8 3

FMS 000 001 4-5 0 7

LMS-Walker Whaley 3-3, Thomas Beardsley 2-4, Preston Shelton 1-3, Matthew McCormick 1-4, Ryan Kirby 1-3.

RBI-Whaley 2, Blake Aldridge 1, Peyton Graves 1.

WP-Preston Shelton (5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 6K)

LP-Carson Blackwell (2IP, 2H, 5R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K)