Rockets rout Vikings in season series sweep
For the second consecutive day, the Forrest Rockets only had to play six innings of baseball as they finished off a District 12-AA regular season series sweep over Community via a 12-2 run-rule win at Chapel Hill Tuesday afternoon.
Forrest sacked the Vikings 13-3 in six innings at Unionville on Monday.
“That was two big district wins against a good ballclub,” Forrest coach Bart Joyce said.
The Rockets put together an all-around two solid days of pitching as Dustin Brashear earned a complete game victory on the mound on Monday and Grayson Whaley tossed 5.2 innings of solid ball on Tuesday.
Lane Allen came on for a tiring Whaley with two-on and two-out in the top of the sixth and induced a ground ball out to end the inning and finish off the Vikings on offense.
“It felt good, I knew I was third in the rotation this year and we had (Ethan) Mealer out this week, so I knew I had to get the district game,” Whaley said. “I was just trying to throw strikes and let my defense work and get a strikeout every now and then.”
“It was great to have our reliever (Allen) come in and especially throw one pitch and get one out, so it was good to have him come in and do good for the team.”
Whaley gave up six hits and two earned runs, while striking out seven and walking one Community batter.
“Whaley kept us in the game the entire time, you know he was on target and he was throwing strikes, no walks and he kept us in the ballgame all night long,” Joyce said.
After bashing 16 hits at Unionville on Monday, including home runs by Dylan Eady and Ethan Mealer, the Rockets banged out 15 hits at home on Tuesday with Brashear, Eady, J.T. Ferguson, Mealer, Whaley, and Drew Daughrity all coming up with two hits apiece.
Jaylen Smith, Jarvis Lyttle, and Ryan Moses all had one hit in the contest, highlighted by Lyttle, who came off the bench in his premier pinch-hitting role and posted a 1-for-1 performance in both games with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
“We came out in the beginning of the season and we weren’t in the game, the dugout wasn’t up and nobody was really in the game, but these last few games everybody has been in the game and everybody is hitting the ball," Dylan Eady said.
“We have been watching pitches, getting in a hitter’s count and putting the bat on the ball when we needed to.”
Eady was the top dog at the plate in the home and away series, going 5-for-8 with a home run, three doubles, four RBIs, three runs scored, two bases on balls, and a stolen base.
“The boys at first that pitcher (Jared Maupin) kept them off balance a little bit the first few innings there and finally got on him and scratched some runs across and then got his pitch count up and finally got some hits,” Joyce said. “So it was just a great job at the plate there.”
Eady got things going on offense in the bottom of the third inning at Chapel Hill, driving in the game’s first run when he traded second base on back-to-back doubles with Daughrity.
Forrest added an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Whaley cruised on the hill, giving up three hits through the first five innings.
Ferguson reached on error and wound up on second base to begin the bottom of the fifth inning and Brashear roped a ground rule double to left field to score Ferguson before Sweeney drew a walk.
One out later, Lyttle came up to pinch hit and drilled a double over the right fielder’s head to make it 5-0.
In the visitor’s half of the sixth inning, Whaley allowed two runs on two hits, an error, and singles by Cody Woodall and Brennen Sanders before Allen came to the hill and threw just one pitch that ended up being a ground ball out to Brett Burnham at second base.
“He has been doing that all season for us,” Joyce said. “Lane Allen has been doing a great job on the mound and he did the same thing tonight. He was in the zone and threw a strike and got a ground ball to get us out of that inning.”
In the home half of the stanza, Forrest sent 11 batters to the dish and had five hits with Smith ending the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Whaley, who had driven in runs number 10 and 11 with a two-run single.
The Rockets (9-5, 2-2) will continue to be tested as they travel to former district foe and longtime rival Eagleville (10-3) on Thursday and at Page on Friday.
“It doesn’t get any easier and those games will help us get some work in and help us get better,” Joyce said. “Eagleville is a team we have had to play in the district championship the last two years and that will be a great ballgame and Page is a team we have been playing the last few years and we have created a friendly rivalry with them and we are looking forward to playing them.”
Tuesday, April 3 at Forrest
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Forrest 011 037-12 15 2
Community: Cody Woodall 2-for-3, Jared Maupin 1-for-3, Will Reed 1-for-3, Brennan Sanders 1-for-3, Darrious Ransome 1-for-2.
RS: Aedyn Hall, Woodall.
BB: Tyrese Eady, Hall, Woodall, Ransome.
Team LOB: 7
LP: Jared Maupin.
Forrest: Dustin Brashear 2-for-4, Dylan Eady 2-for-4, J.T. Ferguson 2-for-2, Ethan Mealer 2-for-4, Grayson Whaley 2-for-4, Drew Daughrity 2-for-4, Jaylen Smith 1-for-4, Jarvis Lyttle 1-for-1, Ryan Moses 1-for-3.
RS: Brashear 2, Ferguson 2, Blaize Sweeney 2, Gauge Anderson, Justin Gillespie, Eady, Smith, Whaley, Daughrity.
BB: Eady 2, Ferguson 2, Sweeney 2.
2B: Eady 2, Brashear, Lyttle, Moses, Whaley, Daughrity.
RBI: Brashear 2, Lyttle 2, Mealer 2, Moses 2, Whaley 2, Eady.
HBP: Smith, Sweeney.
SB: Ferguson 3, Smith 2, Whaley, Eady.
Team LOB: 6
WP: Grayson Whaley (5.2IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 7K, 4BB), Lane Allen (.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB).
Monday, April 2 at Community
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Community 102 000-3 9 1
Forrest: Dylan Eady 3-for-4, Drew Daughrity 3-for-4, Ryan Moses 2-for-3, Jaylen Smith 2-for-3, Dustin Brashear 1-for-3, J.T. Ferguson 1-for-4, Jarvis Lyttle 1-for-1, Ethan Mealer 1-for-3, Blaize Sweeney 1-for-4, Grayson Whaley 1-for-3.
RS: Gauge Anderson 3, Eady 2, Brashear, Ferguson, Lyttle, Mealer, Smith, Sweeney, Whaley, Daughrity.
BB: Brashear, Ryan Moses, Smith.
2B: Smith 2, Brashear, Eady, Lyttle, Moses, Sweeney, Daughrity.
HR: Eady, Mealer.
RBI: Eady 3, Brashear 2, Mealer 2, Smith 2, Sweeney, Whaley, Daughrity.
SB: Anderson 2, Ferguson, Smith.
CS: Justin Gillespie.
Team LOB: 5
WP: Dustin Brashear (6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 7K, 1BB).
Community: Will Reed 3-for-4, Preston Bennett 2-for-3, Jared Maupin 2-for-3, Chris Martin 1-for-3, Cody Woodall 1-for-3.
RS: Martin, Maupin, Reed.
2B: Bennett, Maupin.
RBI: Woodall 2, Bennett.
ROE: Aedyn Hall.
Team LOB: 7
DP: Maupin 2, Reed, Hall.
LP: Jacob Hawkins.