Lady Rockets continue to rule

Friday, May 9, 2008
Shelby Stinnett cranked out a masterful performance, the entire District Tournament, allowing just one hit.

The Forrest Lady Rockets continue to dominate softball in Marshall County, running their streak of consecutive district titles to 15 with a 2-0 victory over Cascade Tuesday night in Chapel Hill in the District 9A title game.

Shelby Stinnett has been a big part of the reason for the stranglehold over district opponents the last two years, especially Cascade. The sophomore fireballer allowed just one hit the entire district tournament and has not allowed a Lady Champion runner to cross home plate in two years while she has been in the circle.

Stinnett pitched three perfect innings before being relieved versus Eagleville in the first round, twirled a no-hitter against the Lady Champions in round two, and was nearly un-hittable in the title tilt, striking out 15 batters and going all the way to the top of the seventh before allowing her first tournament hit.

The Lady Champs came as close as they have gotten in some time, playing an inspired game. Their demise was two unearned runs in the first and second innings, which was more than enough for Stinnett to close another chapter in the book of domination.

"Winning the title feels really good," said FHS head coach Becky Cheatham. "We did not hit the ball well today, but I thought (Leigha) Carter threw the ball well. That was the best I saw her pitch all year."

From the start, Stinnett made a clear statement that she was in control, striking out the first seven Lady Champion batters she faced. Her fastball was pin-point, hitting the corners and moving up and down. It was not even fair. Opposing batters who stood in, looking for the heat, merely looked . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition of the Marshall County Tribune for full coverage.