Forrest forges on in 8-0 win over Page
The Forrest Lady Rockets needed all seven innings to beat Page 8-0 Wednesday night, mostly because of some badly timed base running mistakes, but in the end the 2008-2009 Class A state runners-up took care of business, claiming their tenth straight win on the road in Franklin.
Shelby Stinnett remained undefeated on the season at 13-0, turning in a lunch pail complete game effort.
Page managed just four hits off Stinnett and took the long walk back to the bench eight times after striking out.
Junior Chelsea Johnson continues to produce from the leadoff spot in the lineup, reaching base all four times she was up at bat with three hits and a walk, 2 runs scored, three stolen bases, and two RBI's.
Johnson beat out an infield hit, leading off the game and was sacrificed to second by Courtney Hollandsworth.
Stinnett drew a walk and Rachel Curtis followed with a base hit to left, scoring Johnson.
The Lady Rockets left a run on the field on a runner's interference call between third and home and had to settle for the 1-0 lead.
Morgan led off the home half of the first with a base hit to right before Stinnett set down the next three hitters in order.
Brooke Herron lined a leadoff single to left in the second and raced to third when Caitlyn Rotchford laid down a bunt and was safe on a Page throwing error.
Whitney Stofel knocked in Herron with a fielder's choice RBI.
Forrest lost another runner on an out at the plate with Ciara Cook at the bat before Johnson got a big two out RBI single to right, making it 3-0.
Page went down 1-2-3 in the second and the Lady Rockets squeezed home another run in the third with Rotchford laying down the bunt that scored Adrean Jordan, who had singled, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.
Stinnett took the 4-0 lead to the third and gave her only free pass of the night to Jenna Vickman in the leadoff spot.
Stinnett got the next hitter looking before Abby Meeks reached on a Forrest miscue, putting Lady Pats on first and second.
Stofel snared a line drive at first for out number two and Stinnett got the last out with a whiff.
Cook cooked up a run all by herself in the 4th, beating out a bunt single and then swiping second and third.
Johnson drilled a single to center and Cook took the short scurry home, making it 5-0.
Johnson stole second and Hollandsworth executed her second successful sac bunt of the game, moving Johnson to third.
Johnson scampered across the dish with run number six on a throwing error by the Page third baseman on a Stinnett grounder.
Stinnett mowed down the Lady Patriots in order the next two innings.
Page got two on with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Stinnett got out of the mini-jam with a pop-up to Cook at short and retired the side on a nice running catch in right by Johnson.
Sara Jordan led off the seventh with a single to center and Jessica Harmon followed with a bunt single.
Jordan got nailed at the plate on a close play, trying to score on a Kaitlin Toombs bunt, but Harmon came across and Toombs would score on a 5-3 fielder's choice by Mandi Conley and an infield single by Alicia Davis, building the lead to 8-0.
Page's Kirston Harris led off the bottom of the seventh with a hit to center and once again the Lady Pats had runners at first and second after a Forrest miscue in the infield.
Stinnett stunned the next two Lady Pats looking and got the game ending out on a groundball back to the circle.
Forrest's game at Franklin County was cancelled Thursday and the Lady Rockets take the diamond versus the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs in the first game of the three-way inter-county tussle Friday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Forrest (16-2, 10-0) and the Marshall County Tigerettes play game two and Cornersville (16-7, 7-1) and MCHS (22-6, 9-1) square off in the finale.
MCHS beat Cornersville three weeks ago 1-0 at the Border Battle in the first match-up between the two Marshall County schools since 2002.
The Lady Rockets and the Tigerettes have not played since 2007 when Forrest won 11-1.
Forrest is 13-2 versus Cornersville since 2002 and has beaten the Lady Dawgs the last two years at the Spring Fling.