LMS beats FMS in wild extra inning shootout

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Cova Rowland pitched five strong innings for the Tigers during the intra-county showdown on Thursday night.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Anytime the Forrest and Lewisburg teams get together for any sports matchup the game is usually highly anticipated and highly contested.

Thursday night was no exception as the Tigers roared back from 5-0 down early in the game to tie the score at 5-5, but watched as the Rockets reclaimed the lead at 8-6.

Ultimately LMS wrestled the lead away for good in extra-innings for a 9-8 win.

"I thought offensively we hit the ball well, we ran the bases well, but we fell short in one inning," FMS coach Josh Harmon, said. "The fourth inning we fell short, had a few errors, gave up five runs and that turned the ballgame around."

"We struggled hitting our spots late in the game and then our pitching and our bats got cold and their bats stayed warmer than ours and they came out with the 'W'," Harmon continued. "Being from Lewisburg, playing for Lewisburg, this was a very tough loss."

The Tigers on the other hand, were able to withstand a very slow start and ultimately come back for the win.

"Well, we definitely started out slow which we have done for the most part this season," LMS coach Beau Hardison said. "We are a young team that feeds off emotion. We don't really start playing well until we make a big play, whether it be a big play in the field or a big hit."

"The good thing about this group is they don't give up and nothing really seems to rattle them," Hardison added. "Like I said, they are a young, inexperienced team but they don't play like it, so after we get down early I just told them to be patient."

The Rockets looked to run away with the ballgame early when Bryson Smith drew a walk and Andrew Timmons reached on an error to start the third inning.

Kaine Moses made LMS pay for its mistakes with a bases-clearing triple to extend the lead to 5-0.

The Tigers wasted little time getting back into game as Grayson Miller started the bottom of the third with a bloop single and Cova Rowland reached on a throwing error.

With two outs, James Hery started the rally with a single up the middle to cut the lead to 5-1.

Tristian Griggs followed with a hit and reached third on several throwing errors by the Rockets to trim the lead to 5-3.

Carson Cheek hits an RBI single into center field to tie the game at 5-5 after the Tigers entered the third inning down 5-0.

The rally continued with a Bryson Hammons RBI single down the third base line and finished with a Carson Cheek RBI single into center field.

"I think it was 5-0 going into the third and I told them to be patient and make him throw some pitches," Hardison recalled. "He had faced six batters and had thrown very few pitches. We got the first two batters on and scored five that inning."

"It was a battle the rest of the way."

Forrest’s Bryson Smith knocks an RBI single into the outfield to break a 5-5 tie and give Forrest a one-run lead in the fourth inning.

The Rockets regained the lead with a Bryson Smith RBI single down the third base line, but the Tigers countered with a Trey Warner RBI single to tie the game at six each.

The Rockets looked to escape the furious rally after two runs scored on a wild pitch for an 8-6 Forrest advantage, but Hammons was hit by a pitch to trim the score to 8-7 and a Grayson Miller walk with the bases loaded tied the game at 8-8.

The Tigers looked sure to win the game with the bases loaded, but a strikeout ended the frame and sent the game to extra innings.

Riley Durbin got the start for the Rockets and pitched four innings with seven first pitch strikes and two strikeouts for FMS.

The Tigers finally claimed the win in the eighth when Brennan Peete walked before stealing second and third base and Warner ended the contest with a walk-off double deep in the gap for the 9-8 win.

"Forrest has a great ball club that will win a lot of games," Hardison attested. "They are fundamentally sound and are coached very well."

"This game definitely has more meaning because it's a county rival," Hardison explained. "You never want to lose to anyone in your county. You can throw everything out of the window when you play Forrest. You know it's going to be a battle and that's good for both communities."

"The high schools are now in the same district, so it's going to be a huge rivalry for the next several years and it's going to be fun to watch."

FMS 122 100 20-8 8 3

LMS 005 100 21-9 9 4

Forrest: Andrew Timmons 2-for-5, John Randle Dippold 1-for-3, Bryson Smith 1-for-2, Kain Moses 1-for-4, Cason Warner 1-for-3, Brayden Bowyer 1-for-3, Riley Durbin 1-for-2.

RS: Dippold 2, Clayton Clark 2, Smith, Timmons, Warner, Bowyer.

BB: Dippold 2, Smith 2, Clark 2, Durbin 2, Warner Bowyer.

2B: Dippold, Smith, Warner.

3B: Moses.

RBI: Moses 2, Smith, Durbin.

SF: Smith.

ROE: Dippold.

HBP: Moses.

SB: Dippold 3, Warner, Clark.

CS: Smith, Durbin.

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: Dippold, Smith, Ryan Meglis.

LP: John Randall Dippold (3IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 7K, 4BB), Riley Durbin (4IP, 6H, 6R, 1ER, 2K, 2BB).

LMS: Trey Warner 2-for-4, Tristan Griggs 2-for-4, Grayson Miller 2-for-3, James Hery 1-for-3, Bryson Hammons 1-for-3, Carson Cheek 1-for-4.

RS: Warner 2, Hery 2, Miller 2, Griggs, Hammons, Brennen Peete.

2B: Warner.

RBI: Warner 2, Hammons 2, Cheek, Hery, Miller.

ROE: Griggs, Cova Rowland.

FC: Warner.

HBP: Hammons.

SB: Griggs 2, Miller 2, Hammons, Warner.

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: Griggs, Hammons, Miller, Rowland.

DP: Griggs, Hery, Warner.

WP: Cova Rowland (2IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 1K, 3BB), Trey Warner (4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2K, 4BB), Tristan Griggs (2IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 1K, 3BB).