FMS Rockets swept by Cougars

Friday, April 7, 2017
Max Kirby was the tough-luck losing pitcher in game two, giving up just one unearned run.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Middle School Rockets played host to Middle Tennessee Christian School on Tuesday for a double-header and got swept by the Cougars.

The Rockets lost the first game 8-5 when the Cougars scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie.

MTCS scored three runs in the first inning, but FMS came back with one run in the bottom of the inning and three more in the second to take a 4-1 lead.

The Cougars plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but once again the Rockets came back to tie with a single tally in the home half of the frame.

MTCS starting pitcher JD McCracken left after facing one batter in the fifth inning, but Brock Culpepper came on to toss 1.2 innings of shutout ball to earn the save.

FMS’ Justin Gillespie slams a base hit in the first game of a double-header Tuesday night versus MTCS at Chapel Hill.

Justin Gillespie (RBI) went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Rockets and Cannon Cervantes (2RBI) had two hits in four at bats for the Rockets.

Noah Hill and Hunter Pendley (RBI) had one hit apiece and Max Kirby walked three times and scored twice.

Game two was a pitching duel as the Rockets batted in the visitors spot and managed just two hits off two MTCS hurlers in the contest.

Cannon Cervantes went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in game one, but the Rockets fell 8-5 to MTCS.

Adam Jamison started Culpepper closed the door again on the Rockets to pick up his second save of the night.

Kirby, Cervantes, and Hill all had one hit apiece for Forrest.

MTCS came up with the only run they needed in the second inning to complete the sweep on an RBI base hit by Sam Dugger that scored Jordan Davenport.

John Randall Dippold steals second game in game two versus MTCS.

FMS (5-4) traveled to Westwood last night and will host Eagleville on Tuesday with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Game one

MTCS 300 230-8 4 2

FMS 130 100-5 6 1

MTCS: Jordan Davenport 2-for-3, JD McCracken 1-for-2, Sean Byars 1-for-2

2B: Davenport 2

RBI: Byars 2, Sam Dugger 2, Drew Stephen, Davenport, David Cary

BB: Sadler Bates, McCracken, Davenport

RS: Davenport 3, McCracken 2, Bates, Dugger, Cary

ROE: Dugger

FC: Braeden Jobe

HBP: Cary, Byars

SB: Bates 2, McCracken, Davenport

CS: Byars

E: Byars, Jobe

WP: JD McCracken (4.1IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 9K, 3BB)

Save: Brock Culpepper (1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 2BB)

FMS: Justin Gillespie 2-for-3, Cannon Cervantes 2-for-4, Noah Hill 1-for-3, Hunter Pendley 1-for-3

2B: Cervantes

RBI: Cervantes 2, Gillespie, Pendley, Max Kirby

BB: Kirby 3, Carter Jones, Gillespie

RS: Kirby 2, Hill, Blake Burnham, Pendley

SF: Kirby

ROE: John Randall Dippold

HBP: Burnham

SB: Gillespie, Pendley, Dippold

CS: Gillespie

E: Kirby

LP: Justin Gillespie (2IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 1K, 1BB), Hunter Pendley (4IP, 2H, 5R, 4ER, 1K, 2BB)

Game two

FMS 000 000-0 3 1

MTCS 010 00X-1 2 1

FMS: Max Kirby 1-for-3, Noah Hill 1-for-2

BB: John Randall Dippold, Blake Burnham

SB: Dippold

E: Burnham

LP: Max Kirby (3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 3K, 2BB), Kain Moses (2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 2BB)

MTCS: JD McCracken 1-for-3, Sean Byars 1-for-2

2B: McCracken

RBI: Sam Dugger

BB: Jordan Davenport, David Cary, Dugger

RS: Davenport

ROE: Dugger

FC: Sadler Bates

E: Davenport

WP: Adam Jamison (5.1IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 11K, 2BB)

Save: Brock Culpepper (0.2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 1BB)