Rockets shocked in first 9-A final
The Forrest Rockets had their first stumble since April 2, losing 4-3 to Eagleville Wednesday night at Forrest in the first of two District 9-A championship games.
The two squads met last night at Chapel Hill for the outright title.
"Our boys fought hard, we took it right down there to the end and just fell short, but we have another game tomorrow," Forrest coach Bart Joyce said. "This group of seniors wants this district title and there is no doubt in my mind these guys will be pumped up and don't need anything, they always just move forward."
First 9-A loss
It was the first loss this season by Forrest to a district opponent and the setback ended a 16-game winning streak for the Rockets.
"That is just tournament ball," Joyce said. "Every team comes to play, coach (Travis) Holland had them ready and they came right at us and I didn't expect anything less."
The once flaming Rocket bats went ice cold versus the Eagles as they managed just three hits in the contest with three-time District 9-A MVP Alex Brewer getting one as did Jonathan Lykins and Landon Jones.
Ryan Yelensky, who was named District 9-A Co-Pitcher of the Year along with Huntland's Kobe Foster had a rough outing on Wednesday, lasting just 2 2/3 innings and was responsible for all four Eagleville runs.
Freshman Ethan Mealer came on for Yelensky in the top of the third inning and finished up the remainder of the contest, surrendering one hit, while striking out seven and walking none.
For Eagleville, Austin Wells was superb, shutting down the high-flying Rockets with six innings of one-hit baseball.
Wells gave up one run in the outing before giving way to Ben Williams in the sixth inning, who let the Rockets come back, but just not all the way.
Eagleville's John Fitzgerald jacked a first inning two-run homerun and Wells gave up a second inning run to the Rockets via a sacrifice fly RBI by Bryce Oliver.
The Eagles added their final two runs in the top of the third on RBI base hits by Matthew Boyett and Jonah Clement before Mealer shut them down for the remainder of the contest.
Forrest left the bases loaded in the bottom of the third and Wells retired the Rockets in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
Chapel Hill left two more runners on base with one out in the sixth inning, but rallied in the bottom of the seventh when Yelensky and Austin Welty drew back-to-back walks.
A double steal sent the Forrest runners to second and third and Yelensky scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lykins, making it 4-2.
Welty went to third on the throw home and scored on a Brewer infield single before the game ended on a fly ball to left field.
Brewer talked about being selected as the district MVP three years in a row, saying, "I have to thank my team for putting me in this situation, just look we had seven people on the all-district team."
"He is a heck of a kid and a heck of a ballplayer and it is well deserving," Joyce said. "Alex has played well all season and continues to show up for us."
Joyce won the District 9-A Coach of the Year award and said about the honor, "It feels great, but I have to give it to the boys who put in the work day in and day out, so it's pretty easy to win that award when you have a great group of guys that do what you ask them to do."
Eagleville 202 000 0-4 5 1
Forrest 010 000 2-3 3 2
Eagleville: Matthew Boyett 2-for-3, Brandon Kelly 1-for-3, John Fitzgerald 1-for-2, Jonah Clement 1-for-3
RS: Kelly 2, Fitzgerald 2
BB: Blake Brewer
RBI: Fitzgerald 2, Boyett, Clement
SB: Blake Brewer
Forrest: Jonathan Lykins 1-for-4, Alex Brewer 1-for-4, Landon Jones 1-for-3
2B: Jonathan Lykins
RS: Ryan Yelensky, Austin Welty, Brewer
BB: Brewer 2, Yelensky, Welty, Landon Jones, Boone Sweeney, Slayton Wild
RBI: Bryce Oliver, Lykins, Brewer
SF: Bryce Oliver
FC: Oliver, Sweeney
SB: Welty, Brewer, Yelensky
WP: Austin Wells
LP: Ryan Yelensky (2.2IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 4K, 0BB), Ethan Mealer (4.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 4K, 1BB
Tuesday, May 10
Eagleville 000 011 0-2 9 1
Forrest 101 112 X-6 10 0
Eagleville: Blake Brewer 2-for-3, Brandon Kelly 1-for-4, John Fitzgerald 1-for-3, Matthew Boyett 1-for-3, Austin Wells 1-for-3, Jonah Clement 1-for-3, Jake Bolden 1-for-2, Ethan Cobb 1-for-3
RS: Joyner, Clement
2B: Boyett, Bolden
RBI: Wells, Cobb
Forrest: Alex Brewer 2-for-2, Bryce Oliver 2-for-3, Ryan Yelensky 1-for-3, Austin Welty 1-for-1, Jonathan Lykins 1-for-3, Landon Jones 1-for-4, Boone Sweeney 1-for-3, Slayton Wild 1-for-2
RS: Yelensky 2, Brewer 2, Welty, Wild
BB: Welty 3, Wild 2, Yelensky, Lykins, Brewer, Oliver
2B: Wild, Brewer
RBI: Brewer 3, Sweeney
SF: Sweeney, Brewer
FC: Jacob Jones 3, Landon Jones, Lykins
SB: Wild, Brewer
WP: Jonathan Lykins (5IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0K, 0BB), Jordan Jent (1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0K, 0BB), Alex Brewer (1IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 3K, 0BB)
LP: Dylan Tapp