Stinnett stays perfect in run rule win
The Huntland Lady Hornets have not been around for seven years and were probably not glad to be back in District 9-A after Shelby Stinnett and Rachel Curtis combined for a perfect game in the circle in a 10-0 five inning run rule win for the Lady Rockets Monday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill.
Huntland joins a long list of beaten district foes, in fact a list that grew to 53 consecutive regular season victories with Stinnett on the team.
The renowned Stinnett (9-0) already has accumulated 104 wins as a Lady Rocket and is edging closer to 1,000 strikeouts for her career.
Stinnett, who started as an eighth grader at Forrest, currently holds the team records for both categories and if the MTSU signee does not give up a run in the next seven league contests she will end up with an unbreakable record of a career 0.00 earned run average in district play, including district tournaments.
Stinnett also needs just one more appearance in this year's Spring Fling to tie Kaci Clark (Brentwood) and Kim Dunlap (Ezell-Harding) for the all-time TSSAA record of 17 state tournament appearances.
On Monday, Stinnett was overpowering from the start, striking out the side of Lady Hornets in order in the first inning on just 12 pitches.
Chelsea Johnson led off the home half of the inning with a stand-up triple into the right center field gap.
Huntland pitcher Lindsey Knower came back strong, getting the next two outs before her defense let her down with an infield error that scored Johnson for a 1-0 Forrest lead.
Stinnett recorded two pop-outs and an inning ending strikeout in the second.
Forrest got two on with out in the second before Knower got out of the jam with a pop-up to catcher Marli Majors and an inning ending strikeout of her own.
Taylor Morris led off the Huntland third with a nice bunt, but the ball hit her out of the batters box in fair territory for an out.
Stinnett whiffed the next two Huntland batters, ending the frame.
Courtney Hollandsworth led off the bottom of the inning with a single and one out later, Rachel Curtis singled to left.
Curtis stole second, making it second and third and both runners came across home on a hot shot to short by Adrean Jordan that Huntland misplayed for an error.
Caitlyn Rotchford reached on a fielder's choice and Jessica Harmon came in to run for the Forrest catcher.
Harmon came all the way around to score on an RBI double by Brooke Herron, making it a 4-0 game.
Herron would score on another Huntland miscue, making it 5-0 going into the fourth inning.
All three Huntland batters got some contact in the inning, but all three were retired by a solid Forrest defense, sending the game to the fifth.
The Lady Rockets (11-2, 7-0) made it 10-0 in the bottom of the inning as six batters reached base with one out.
Jordan, Rotchford (RBI), Herron, and Whitney Stofel (RBI) all had hits in the inning.
Curtis came to the circle in the bottom of the fifth and whiffed the first Huntland hitter for the first out.
Harmon made a nice running catch in center field for the second out and the perfect game was sealed on a Mandi Conley twisting and turning catch at third base on a foul pop-up.
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