Lady Rockets squeeze past Spring Hill

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Lady Rocket freshman Shelby Stinnett goes 14-4 versus Spring Hill.

The Forrest Lady Rockets keep rolling along as they have now won nine games in a row going into the homestretch of the regular season. On Monday night, the girls from Chapel Hill beat AA Spring Hill 4-2 and proved that clinching the district title last week was just another stepping stone to their ultimate goal of moving on to the TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.

"We beat a good team," Forrest head Coach Becky Cheatham stated after the game. "I am glad we put up enough runs to win, last week we had to go ten innings against them before we won 1-0."

Brianda Elmore with an RBI single in the third inning.

Stinnett pitches complete game, continues to impress

Forrest freshman sensation Shelby Stinnett improved to 14-4 on the season, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits, and did nothing to hurt her amazing earned run average of .089.

The Lady Rockets got out of some first inning trouble when Rachel Curtis snared a hard liner at third and threw to first for an inning ending double play.

Forrest coach Becky Cheatham coaching her defense from the dugout with husband Dick Cheatham.

Spring Hill had freshmen Sam Usher on the mound and she also escaped first inning trouble, retiring two consecutive batters after having the bases jammed and just one out.

The game went to the bottom of the third deadlocked at 0-0 when Kalah Mathis singled to leadoff the inning. An error by the Lady Raiders put runners on first and second and after a fielder's choice the Lady Rockets had runners at the corners with one out.

The monumental play of the game took place with Cheatham and the Lady Rockets playing "small ball". Curtis was at the plate when Cheatham called for the squeeze play and she bunted a perfect ball just out of the reach of Usher and the ball scooted all the way through the infield and both runners scored to make it 2-0.

Photos by Anthony S. Puca Destin Payne scores on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.

"We wanted one run and got lucky with the bunt and ended up with two runs", a smiling Cheatham said after the game.

Brianda Elmore followed with an RBI single up the middle and Stinnett and the Lady Rockets had a 3-0 lead.

Lady Raiders make some noise in fifth

Spring Hill came back in the fifth inning as Holly Campbell led off with a single and scored on a single to left by Chas Lindsey when the throw to third from the outfield went into the Forrest dugout and the runner was awarded home.

An infield single by Megan Lafevor and a walk loaded the sacks for Kirstin Agent, who singled to left to make 3-2.

The Lady Rockets scored their final run when James got a one out hit in the bottom of the fifth. Brianda Elmore grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice and Destin Payne came in as a courtesy runner for the catcher.

Gaby Bussell took a hard shot off her leg to put runners on first and second and then Kalah Mathis grounded a ball to the shortstop who dropped the ball trying to get to third base to make the tag.

Payne alertly raced home on a wild pitch to make the score 4-2 and Stinnett and the Lady Rockets had all the runs they would need to complete the season sweep of the Lady Raiders.

The Lady Rockets (18-5) play in the Coffee County Classic in Manchester this weekend versus AAA Coffee County High School (21-8) and AA Ezell-Harding (15-6) on Friday before the elimination round on Saturday.

"We need the challenge," Cheatham said, "This is the perfect time of year for the tournament."