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Friday, April 15, 2016
Alex Brewer went 4-for-4 with a homerun, two doubles and three RBI in the Rockets' 14-4 win at Eagleville Tuesday night. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets scored early, often and never let up in a big 14-4, six inning run-rule win at Eagleville Tuesday night.

The Rockets pummeled two Eagleville pitchers in the contest, banging out 18 hits and scoring at least one run in every inning.

"The boys' effort at the plate was exceptional tonight," said Forrest Bart Joyce. "They came in with an aggressive approach and came up big."

Incredible night

Vanderbilt commit Alex Brewer had a monster night at the dish, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homerun, three RBI and three runs scored.

"Alex had a great evening at the plate, another senior coming up big in a big district game," Joyce said. "He really saw the ball well last night and I know he will carry this over to tonight."

Luke Cunningham went 2-for-2 with three RBI for the Rockets, who banged out 18 hits in the contest.

Luke Cunningham has given the Rockets a spark since working his way into the DH spot and the junior delivered again on Tuesday, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs, including a pair of ribbies on two perfect bunts.

"Luke has been a good surprise for this team," Joyce stated. "He has earned a role on this team and continues to contribute each night."

Hot bat

Slayton Wild also swung a hot stick, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, while reaching base and scoring all four times he came up to bat.

Ryan Yelensky gave up four hits and two earned runs in the game, while striking out eight and walking five Eagles.

Ryan Yelensky turned in his second consecutive outstanding performance, moving to 3-1 on the season as the senior tossed 4 2/3 innings of four-hit ball, while striking out eight before freshman Ethan Mealer came on in the bottom of the fifth to record the game ending out.

"Ryan Pitched a great game, he was on the plate and hitting his spots all night," Joyce said. "Being a senior he has really led our pitching staff well this season. Late in the game he got a little off target, but still pitched a great game."

The Rockets scored first as Yelensky slammed a one-out triple in the top of the first inning before scoring on a Brewer double off the right field fence.

Forrest added an unearned run in the second inning and scored three times in the third inning on an RBI double by Landon Jones, a run-scoring single by Wild and a bunt single by the speedy Cunningham.

Eagles fight back

The Forrest infielders go to the mound in the fourth inning, giving their pitcher some words of encouragement.

Eagleville clawed back with three runs in the home half of the inning on an RBI base knock by Matthew Boyett and a 6-4 fielder's choice RBI by Austin Wells that turned into run number three via a Forrest throwing error.

In the top of the fifth inning, Forrest put up five more runs to open up some distance on the scoreboard, beginning with a leadoff single by Yelensky, followed by a deep homerun to right field by Brewer that almost reached Route 99.

The Eagles threw the ball around after Brewer's dinger, allowing two more Forrest runs to come home and Austin Welty made it 10-3 with a triple to right field.

Yelensky was dominant in the top of the fifth inning, striking out the side in order.

Big lead

Forrest made it a run-rule contest in the top of the sixth inning as four runs crossed the home plate on RBI base knocks by Landon Jones, Wild, Cunningham and a fielder's choice run batted in by Jonathan Lykins.

Yelensky lost some focus in the bottom of the inning as Eagleville score one run on three bases on balls and an infield error before Joyce went to the hill and brought in Mealer, who got the game ending out on a groundball to Jones at third base.

"Our mindset really hasn't change, we just play one game at a time," Joyce said. "Not looking ahead and not being satisfied. Working hard to get better every day."

With the win, Forrest improved to 11-5 on the season and more importantly, 5-0 in District 9-A play, three games clear of the field.

"As a coach, you don't really like to look at standings and as a team we just take one district game at a time," Joyce said. "I do feel good about where our team is standing at the moment, but we also know that District 9-A is a tough district to be playing in."

Forrest 113 54-14 18 2

Eagleville 003 01-4 4 4

Forrest: Alex Brewer 4-for-4, Slayton Wild 3-for-4, Ryan Yelensky 2-for-4, Landon Jones 2-for-4, Boone Sweeney 2-for-4, Luke Cunningham 1-for-3, Jacob Jones 1-for-4, Jonathan Lykins 1-for-4, Austin Welty 1-for-4.

2B: Brewer 2, Landon Jones, Wild.

3B: Welty, Brewer, Yelensky.

HR: Alex Brewer.

RBI: Brewer 3, Cunningham 3 Landon Jones 2, Wild 2, Lykins 1, Welty 1.

SAC: Luke Cunningham 2.

Eagleville: Matthew Boyett 2-for-3, John Fitzgerald 1-for-3, Isaac Gleaves 1-for-3.

RBI: Boyett 1, Austin Wells 1, Jake Bolden 1.

WP: Ryan Yelensky (4.2IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 8K, 5BB), Ethan Mealer (.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB)

LP: Jake Bolden