Stinnett, Lady Rockets say 'no-no' to Cascade

Friday, April 20, 2007
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Forrest pitcher Shelby Stinnett showing her no-hitter form vs. Cascade.

By Anthony S. Puca

Staff Writer

Forrest clinches District 9-A


season title

The Cascade Lady Champions came to Chapel Hill Thursday night with the intention of cutting Forrest's two game district lead in half with a victory, but instead ran into a team on mission and left trailing by three games after Forrest said no-no in more ways than one.

"The girls came in with a mission," Forrest coach Becky Cheatham stated, "They were intent on defending their home turf and being number one in the district."

The Lady Rockets 10-0 victory, their tenth in eleven games, clinched the regular season District 9-A title. Forrest is 10-0 in district play and holds the tiebreaker with F.C. Boyd, sweeping the season series with the Lady Broncos.

Lady Rockets jump out to early lead

The last time the two teams met on April 3, the game was scoreless into the seventh inning before Forrest scored five runs to win 5-0. This time, the Lady Rockets wasted no time getting down to business as they scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by starting pitcher Shelby Stinnett and senior Kalah Mathis.

Stinnett has had an incredible season and Cascade was in for a long night as she was masterful on the hill, pitching a no-hitter with eight strikeouts.

"Shelby just keeps getting better and better with every game," Cheatham remarked after the contest.

Stinnett mowed down fourteen consecutive Cascade batters in the game before Aimee Taylor reached on an error with two outs in the fifth inning.

Forrest scored a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Rachel Curtis to make it 3-0, added one more in the fifth on another Stinnett RBI, and then broke the game completely open in the sixth.

Lady Rockets scorch Cascade in sixth to end game

The girls from Chapel Hill were red-hot in the sixth as they banged out five hits in the frame. Stinnett and Heather James drove in two runs apiece, while Gaby Bussell and Amanda Daughrity each had RBI singles. The game ended on James' two run double in the left field gap which brought the score to 10-0 and invoked the ten run mercy rule.

Asked about the hot hitting by her squad, coach Cheatham remarked, "I felt like we hit the way we are capable of hitting, we have been working on it all week."

Coach Cheatham also remarked about her team's chances in the upcoming district tournament which starts the first week in May at Eagleville. "We have improvements to make," Cheatham said, "but I think we will hold our own."