Lady Rockets earn another chance at Class A title
After the Forrest Lady Rockets won "the public school" title Friday morning with a hard fought win over inter-county rival Cornersville, the ladies from Chapel Hill came back to strip the aura of invincibility off of TCA with a resounding 10-4 win in the nightcap.
In the loser's bracket final Friday morning, Forrest and Cornersville battled in the first ever meeting between county schools in the state tournament.
Sometimes you get what you pay for, sometimes you do not. In what was easily the biggest crowd so far this week for a single game, fans from Marshall County came out in droves to support their two schools and witnessed a classic battle that was worth the price of admission and fifteen bucks of fuel.
The Lady Bulldogs were looking to go where no previous Cornersville team had gone before and played their hearts out before losing in the bottom of the seventh inning when Amanda Daughrity led off with a bunt single. Daughrity took off for second on the next pitch, when the ball sailed into center field, the speedy right fielder scored standing up for the victory.
"I want more", said Forrest hurler Shelby Stinnett, who garnered her thirty second victory of the season with the win over the Lady Dawgs. "Nobody believes this little public school can win except for us and our fans."
There are more believers this morning as the Lady Rockets handed Trinity Christian their worst loss of the season in a 10-4 pasting in the evening match-up.
Falling behind 3-0 in the top of the third, Forrest stormed back in the bottom of the inning as the Lady Lions started to bobble the ball. After scoring three unearned runs to tie the contest, freshman Chelsea Johnson slapped a single to center that scored Rachel Curtis from third and the Lady Rockets were off and running.
Trinity scored an unearned to tie the game at four in the fourth, but Forrest did not waver, knocking Ivy Renfroe out of the circle in the fifth. The Lady Rockets sent ten batters to the plate in the frame, scoring six runs.
Forrest loaded the sacks and took the lead on a perfect squeeze bunt by Daughrity that scored Gaby Bussell with the go ahead run and then the floodgates opened. Haley Mathis' infield RBI single made it 6-4 and Brianda Elmore and Heather James knocked in two runners apiece to balloon the score to 10-4.
Stinnett slammed the door on the Lady Lions in the sixth and seventh, allowing just a single base runner to get the win and force a Saturday morning match-up that coincides with graduation ceremonies at the Chapel Hill school.
Gaby Bussell, the lone senior on the Forrest squad told her teammates before the game that she did not want to go to graduation and she got her wish.
Bussell will don the gown to graduate on the field this morning in Murfreesboro before donning the blue and white Lady Rockets uniform at 11:00am in the title game versus Trinity.
"I would definitely rather be here", said the senior. "This is an awesome experience; we have a state championship in basketball, now I want one in softball. I don't think Trinity knew what we really had. We got on a rally and just never stopped."