The Lady Rockets scored six runs in the third inning, sending ten runners to the plate. The big blast came off the bat of shortstop Heather James, who deposited a two-two pitch deep over the left field fence for a grand slam.
The homerun was the first of the season for James and the grand slam the first ever for the first year Forrest player who transferred in from Culleoka at the beginning of the school year.
"It was awesome, James said after the game, it was my first grand slam ever and it opened the floodgates for us."
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Shelby Stinnett, the sensational freshman hurler for the Lady Rockets made her first Spring Fling appearance and looked like a freshman for about ten minutes and then reverted back to her season long form the rest of the game.
Stinnett gave up a single and a triple to the first two batters in the bottom of the first, allowing two runs, and then went on an unbelievable stretch of magnificent pitching.
Stinnett struck out eleven of the next fourteen hitters in the contest, allowing just one base-runner the rest of the game. After the first inning triple to Lauren Brown, Stinnett never had a ball hit out of the infield and mowed down the Lady Cardinals with the expertise and precision of a surgeon performing a meticulous operation.
The Lady Rocket's had a superb offensive performance, banging out twelve hits in the contest. Eight of the nine starters had at least one base hit and every player reached base.
The girls from Chapel Hill came up in the top of the third, trailing 2-1 in the contest and only having one hit, a first inning Kalah Mathis double off the right field fence.
Summer Waggoner led off with a walk, then both Haley Mathis and Amanda Daughrity reached on bunt singles. Kalah Mathis was called out on a strange play, being out of the batter's box on a pitch, but it did not matter as Stinnett grounded an RBI single in the left field hole to tie the game at two apiece.
Gaby Bussell grounded into an RBI fielder's to put the Lady Rockets out in front in the contest for the first time and Brianda Elmore followed with an infield single to load the sacks.
Heather James strolled up to the dish, worked a two-two count and sent the yellow sphere deep into the night for the grand slam and the life went out of the Lady Cardinals for good.
The Lady Rockets came out of the inning leading 7-2, scored three more in the fourth to make 10-2, and added the knock-out punch in the fifth on RBI's by Haley Mathis and Amanda Daughrity to make it 12-2.
The win sent the Lady Rockets (28-8) into a winner's bracket match-up versus the Whitwell Lady Tigers (22-12) from Marion County, who defeated the University School of Jackson 7-1.