Big day at plate propels Forrest over Spring Hill

Friday, April 16, 2010
The Lil Lady Rockets got into the pre-game action before the big girls won easily over Spring Hill, 12-2 in a run rule ending. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets played host to Spring Hill in a non-conference match-up Thursday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill and made short work of the Lady Raiders in a five-inning 12-2 run-rule win.

Forrest (12-2, 7-0) banged out 15 hits with the white-hot Brooke Herron leading the way with her second consecutive 3-3 game at the dish.

Herron scored twice and had an RBI in the contest.

Forrest's Brooke Herron remained red-hot versus Spring Hill, collecting hits in all three of her at bats in a 12-2 run rule win over the Lady Raiders. Herron is 6-6 in her last two games for Forrest (12-2, 7-0), who will host FC Boyd in a double header tonight in Chapel Hill, beginning at 5 p.m.

Leadoff hitter Chelsea Johnson also continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-4 with 3 RBI's, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base.

Lady Rocket first sacker Whitney Stofel contributed three RBI's on two of two from the plate, scoring twice, and walking once.

Ciara Cook went 2-3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored and Courtney Hollandsworth was 2-4 with an RBI.

Shelby Stinnett (10-0) remained unbeaten in the circle on the year, hurling a three-hit five strikeout complete game and she helped herself at the plate, going 2-3 with two RBI's.

Forrest sophomore shortstop Ciara Cook scoops up a tough ground ball in the first inning and gets ready to nail the Spring Hill runner at first.

There was no scoring for an inning and half before Forrest put up a three spot on Spring Hill, beginning with a one out hit by Herron.

Caitlyn Rotchford reached on an infield error, making it first and third before Stofel knocked in Herron with a base hit.

After an unusual 8-5 force-out for the second out, Johnson delivered a two-run double off the centerfield fence, making it 3-0.

Stinnett got the first two Lady Raider batters in the top of the third before Shana Stanfill and DeLane Hise got back-to-back hits, putting runners on second and third.

An infield error on Forrest sent home the two unearned runs, making it a 3-2 ballgame.

The close contest did not last for long as the Lady Rockets exploded for seven runs on eight hits in the bottom of the inning.

Stinnett led off the big inning, singling to center and eighth grader Sara Jordan came in as a courtesy runner for Stinnett.

Forrest 8th grader Sara Jordan confers with first base coach Ricky Stinnett. Jordan made her debut Thursday night, stealing a base and scoring a run in a 12-2 win over Spring Hill.

Jordan was sacrificed to second by Rachel Curtis before Adrean Jordan singled to left, putting the Jordan sisters on the corners.

Herron came up and executed a perfect squeeze, scoring Sara Jordan and Herron went to second on the throw home.

Rotchford followed with an RBI single before Stofel bashed a two-run single into right, scoring Herron and Mandi Conley.

Cook beat out a bunt, making it first and third again and Johnson hit a laser up the middle, scoring Stofel.

After a Forrest strikeout, Stinnett got her second hit of the inning on a two-run single into the leftfield corner, making it a 10-2 ballgame.

Stinnett retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings.

Cook slapped a base hit into right field leading off the home half of the fifth and promptly stole second.

Cook scored when Johnson reached on an error.

Courtney Hollandsworth slams a single to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning, ending the game verus Spring Hill.

Johnson swiped the second base bag and the game ended at 12-2 when Hollandsworth drove home Johnson with a shot to right.