Rockets blanked by Goodpasture

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Dylan Eady readies a pitch during his first start of the season against 2017 1A state runner-up Goodpasture on Saturday morning.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

For the second time in as many days, the Forrest Rockets faced a former 1A powerhouse as Goodpasture, now playing in Division II-A, traveled to Chapel Hill for the Single A Classic.

The Cougars, the 2017 Class A state runner-up, strung together six hits and took advantage of three Rockets errors to take the 6-0 win over Forrest.

Goodpasture senior pitcher Luke Dotson gave up just two hits in six innings of work before giving way to his little brother, Cole Dotson to finish things off.

The Rockets totaled just four hits, one apiece from Dustin Brashear, Ryan Moses, J.T. Ferguson, and Grayson Whaley.

The Rocket got great pitching from senior pitcher Dylan Eady, starting for the first time this season.

"Started Dylan and he did a great job," Forrest coach Bart Joyce said. "That's a great hitting team. I mean, it's tough to hold them to even what we did and he did a great job."

"We just hitting-wise, didn't have a good day," Joyce added. "Hitting-wise it just wasn't our game and we fell behind into a hole and couldn't quite get out of it."

Eady finished the game with six innings pitched, giving up just six hits with five strikeouts and two bases on balls for three earned runs.

"I just went out there to throw strikes," Eady said. "That's really the key. You've just got to throw strikes and hit spots. I missed the spots a few times and it cost us."

"Just mental mistakes and errors," Eady continued. "That's what cost us and not hitting the ball."

Columbia State signee David Wilson was the key component for the Cougar hitting attack with two hits and three RBIs.

Wilson struck in the fourth inning with a two-run home run that cleared the second fence in left field and bounced off of a bus.

Wilson put the game out of reach in the sixth inning with another long shot, this time a double off the left/center fence to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead.

The Rockets threatened in the bottom of the sixth with Eady and Jaylen Smith leading off the inning with walks before Brashear was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.

Clean-up hitter Blaize Sweeney stepped up to the plate and unfortunately hit into a double play to the shortstop to end the threat.

Senior Jarvis Lyttle gave up no hits or runs in one inning of work in his first appearance of the season.

Jarvis Lyttle saw his first action of the season in the seventh inning and the senior pitcher finished the innings with zero runs and no hits to end the game for the Rockets.

"I was just trying to throw strikes and get my team in without any damage done so we could score some runs in the seventh," Lyttle said. "I think I did pretty good, I just have to keep the ball down."

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Blaize Sweeney takes a big cut with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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Goodpasture: David Wilson 2-for-4, Tanner Bailey 1-for-2, Camden Angell 1-for-3, Luke Dotson 1-for-4, Jonathan Seals 1-for-4.

RS: Bailey, Wilson, Brendan Jones, Angell, Dotson, Cole Carter.

BB: Seth Pentecost, Jones, Angell Carter.

2B: Wilson, Angell.

HR: Wilson.

RBI: Wilson 3, Dotson 2, Angell.

ROE: Jones, Angell, Dotson.

HBP: Carter.

CS: Pentecost, Jones.

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

DP: Wilson, Angell.

WP: Luke Dotson (6IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 3BB).

Save: Cole Dotson (1IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB).

Forrest: Dustin Brashear 1-for-2, J.T. Ferguson 1-for-3, Ryan Moses 1-for-2, Grayson Whaley 1-for-1.

BB: Dylan Eady, Moses, Jaylen Smith.

HBP: Brashear, Smith.

GIDP: Blaize Sweeney.

CS: Ferguson.

PIK: Gauge Anderson.

Team LOB: 5

Fielding

E: Ferguson, Ethan Mealer, Smith.

LP: Dylan Eady (6IP, 6H, 6R, 3ER, 5K, 2BB), Jarvis Lyttle (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 2BB).