Lady Rockets return to Fling

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Heather James is held at third by Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham following Gaby Bussell's double in the second inning.

The Forrest Lady Rockets made easy work of the Summertown Lady Eagles Friday night in Chapel Hill, winning their sub-State game, 7-1, to advance to the Spring Fling for the third straight year and five out of the last seven seasons.

Forrest, 2002 and 2007 state runners-up, took control early, scoring three first-inning runs and then rode the wave of Shelby Stinnett's one-hitter to punch their ticket to Murfreesboro.

Stinnett set down Summertown 1-2-3 in the first and then the Lady Rockets went to work, beginning with an electrifying triple off the bat of lead-off hitter Haley Mathis. Brianda Elmore walked and Mathis came home when Summertown catcher Marissa Angus threw the ball into centerfield, attempting to get Elmore on a steal of second.

Stinnett followed with a hard single to center, setting up Heather James, who rifled a shot to left that plated both Elmore and Meagan Gower, who came in to run for Stinnett.

Later in the inning, Rachel Curtis lined a hard shot off Kendra Davis' pitching leg, but the Summertown hurler stayed in and finished the game.

One-two-three was the key for Stinnett in the second and Forrest mustered up three more insurance runs to lead 6-0. Elmore reached on a one-out error, but was nailed roaming off second on a grounder to short by Stinnett.

The Lady Rockets rallied with two down when James got her second hit of the night to put runners on first and second and Gower scored again on a double down the right field line by Gaby Bussell. James, who was held on third on the throw, scored on an illegal pitch by Davis to make it 5-0.

Summer Waggoner, running for Bussell, scooted home on an error by Summertown to make it a half dozen to none.

Stinnett allowed her lone hit of the game when Summertown's Brittany Wilkinson led off the third with a grounder deep in the hole that James scooped up and just missed . . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, May 21, 2008 for photos and full coverage.