LMS Tigers sweep Rockets
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers travelled to Chapel Hill Friday for an intra-county rivalry bout with the Forrest Middle Rockets and Lewisburg came away with a hard fought 6-1 win to complete the sweep of the season series.
The Rockets were held to just three hits in the game as Trey Warner picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers, tossing three innings of one-hit baseball.
Warner struck out four and walked two Forrest batters before Bailin Luttrell came to the hill in relief in the fourth inning and turned in a stellar shutdown performance.
Luttrell allowed a pair of hits while whiffing three and walking zero Forrest batters.
Ashton Grubbs had a workhorse game on the hill for the Rockets, tossing 6.2 innings before being taken out on a pitch count limit.
Grubbs gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits, struck out four, and issued three bases on balls.
Grubbs tossed a 1-2-3 first inning and the Rockets got on the scoreboard in the home half of the inning as Ryan Meglis drew a leadoff walk and stole second base.
Meglis ended up on third base on a ball four wild pitch before scoring on a fielder’s choice RBI by Riley Durbin.
LMS came right back in the top half of the second inning when John Morgan Thomas singled to left field to leadoff the frame and Luttrell followed with a double to right field to put Tiger runners on second and third.
After a ground ball out, Landon Morton drilled a two-run single to center field and Lewisburg never trailed again in the contest.
Warner only gave up one more baserunner over his final two innings on the hill and in the fourth, LMS scored three runs on just one hit (a Thomas Beech single) as FMS booted the ball around.
Luttrell came to the mound with a 5-1 lead and Durbin reached on a leadoff error by the Tigers before Brennen Mealer followed with a single to right field, but Durbin was gunned down trying to take third base on a nice cutoff play started by Jayden Randolph in right field, who threw to Warner at second, who fired to third for the out.
The Tigers continued to throw the leather at the Rockets when the inning ended on a pretty 6-4-3 double play.
LMS tallied its final run of the game in the top of the fifth inning when Grayson Miller stroked a leadoff single and Thomas followed with a base on balls before Grubbs induced a pop-up to second base for the first out.
Randolph picked up his teammate when he drilled an RBI single to left field, making it a 6-1 contest.
Grubbs was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the inning and after Luttrell came up with a strikeout, the Tigers turned another double play, this time of the 1-6-3 variety.
Neither ballclub had a base hit the rest of the game as the Tigers (12-4) extended their winning streak to six games.
LMS 020 310 0-6 7 1
FMS 100 000 0-1 3 3
LMS: Grayson Miller 1-for-4, John Morgan Thomas 1-for-3, Bailin Luttrell 1-for-3, Thomas Beech 1-for-3, Jayden Randolph 1-for-1, Landon Morton 1-for-2, James Hery 1-for-3.
BB: Trey Warner, Thomas, Morton.
RS: Miller, Thomas, Luttrell, Randolph, Morton, Hery.
RBI: Hery 2, Morton 2, Randolph.
ROE: Deven Wiser.
SB: Hery 2, Miller, Morton, Randolph, Wiser.
Team LOB: 4
DP: Luttrell, Miller.
WP: Trey Warner (3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4K, 2BB).
Save: Bailin Luttrell (4IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 3K, 0BB).
FMS: Riley Durbin 1-for-3, Brennan Mealer 1-for-3, Ashton Grubbs 1-for-2.
BB: Ryan Meglis, Clayton Clark.
ROE: Shawn Brown.
GIDP: Brown, Trey Williamson.
SB: Meglis, Clark.
Team LOB: 4
E: Meglis, Clark, Ben Villazon.
LP: Ashton Grubbs (6.2IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 4K, 3BB).
Relief: Clayton Clark (.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB).