Sun shines on Lady Rockets

Friday, March 14, 2008
Heather James delivers in the clutch, blasting a three-run double in the bottom of the 6th to give the Lady Rockets a 6-3 lead.

Summertown traveled to Chapel Hill for an afternoon game on Tuesday and brought the summer sun with them. The Forrest student body was let out early to lend support to their team and temperatures reached into the 70's for the battle between the Lady Rockets and the Lady Eagles.

The fans were not disappointed as the two squads put on a great early season show, battling back and forth until Heather James' sixth inning three run bases loaded double sealed the deal to give the home team a 6-3 victory.

Shelby Stinnett set the visitors down one-two-three in the first and Forrest got one on the board when Haley Mathis led off with a bunt single, Amanda Daughrity walked, and after two 6-5 put-outs, James delivered an RBI single to right field to make it 1-0.

There was no scoring in the second inning and Stinnett set down the Lady Eagles again in the top of the third.

The Lady Rockets made it 2-0 in the bottom half of the inning when Gaby Bussell delivered a two out RBI single to right field to score Ashley Scales, running for a Stinnett, who had led of the frame with a double.

Tasha Horne got a lead-off single for Summertown's first hit in the fourth, but was erased on a double play by the Lady Rockets infield.

Kayla Clark retired the first two Lady Rocket batters in the fourth on pop-ups to the infield before Mathis slapped a hit up the middle, Daughrity beat out a bunt, and Stinnett blooped a single to right to make it three nothing.

All looked well for Forrest in the fifth as Stinnett retired the first batter, but hit Brittany Wilkinson with a pitch. A pop-out made it two down and then Summertown struck pay dirt with back to back homeruns by Adenna Adams and Kendra Davis to tie the game at three.

Forrest did not score in the bottom of the fifth and Rachel Curtis replaced Stinnett on the hill to begin the sixth.

Curtis got into a jam as she loaded the bases with one out, but pitched her way out of it, getting a pop-out and a fly out to Mathis in center to end the threat.

Clark retired the first two Lady Rockets in the sixth before Daughrity reached on her second bunt single of the game. Stinnett followed with a single to center and Brianda Elmore walked to load the sacks.

On a two-two count, James ripped a double into the left center field gap, plating all three runners for 6-3 Forrest lead.

Curtis gave up a lead-off single to Adams in the seventh and walked Davis to put runners on first and second with no outs. The Forrest defense stepped up big when Ashley Evans hit a bullet to James at short, who made a great grab, tagged Adams and threw to Elmore on the bag at second for the double play.

After a walk put a runner on first with two outs, FHS head coach Becky Cheatham gave the ball back to Stinnett who got the final out on a nice play at third by Curtis, who snagged a grounder and threw to Jessica Hunt at first to end the game.

James was happy about the big hit after the game and said, "I had to get the job done for the team and get a hit. I am just glad I did my part. It was really a good game for us; we needed that type of competition."

Curtis picked up the win and Stinnett got the save for the Lady Rockets, who moved to 2-0 on the season.

James went 2-4 in the contest with four RBI's, Stinnett was 3-4 with an RBI, Bussell was 2-3 with a ribbie, Daughrity was also 2-3, Mathis had 2 hits in four at bats, and Curtis finished 1-3 to give the Lady Rockets twelve hits.