Jordan powers Forrest past Lady Raiders
The Forrest Lady Rockets are one win away from claiming every District 9-A regular season title this century thanks to the power at the plate from Adrean Jordan and savvy in the circle by Shelby Stinnett that culminated in a six inning 11-0 run-rule win over Moore County Thursday night in Chapel Hill.
A win at Cascade on Tuesday or a Lady Champion loss before that match-up will give Forrest the 9-A title.
Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham said after the game, "We have to work on our intensity and my stupidity, because I guess I did not give them (Moore County) enough credit for their accuracy with their throws. I sent some runners I should not have sent and we had a lack of intensity with our base running. We have to work on that this week and improve on our intensity."
Jordan knocked in four runs, including a walk off two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth and Stinnett (15-1) painted up another masterpiece in the circle, no-hitting the Lady Raiders.
Cheatham said about the offensive attack led by Jordan, "I am pleased with the hitting today and I want that to continue."
Stinnett is now just two games away from immortality in the circle, needing to not allow an earned versus Cascade and Community in order to finish off an unthinkable and unbreakable five-year streak of never allowing an earned run to a district opponent in the regular season or postseason.
Moore County did not score in the first inning, but Forrest did, putting up a two-spot on a Jordan two-run double that scored Chelsea Johnson, who led off with a single and Jessica Harmon, who came in to run for Stinnett, who walked in the three hole.
The Lady Raiders stayed close for the first four innings thanks to some great work in the circle by Brandie Crabtree and some slick defense.
In the bottom of the fourth it all fell apart for Moore County as they crumbled under the pressure of the Forrest small ball attack.
Jordan led off the inning, reaching on an error and was sacrificed to second by Brooke Herron.
Jordan dashed to third on a passed ball and came home on a squeeze bunt RBI by Caitlyn Rotchford.
Rotchford ended up on second on the play and eighth grader Kaitlin Toombs came in to run for the FHS catcher.
Toombs went to third on a passed ball and then scored on another passed ball, making it 4-0.
Whitney Stofel followed with a walk, Harmon came in to run, and promptly stole second.
Ciara Cook reached on another Moore County infield error that scored Harmon and Johnson followed with a walk and stole second.
Hollandsworth laid down another perfect bunt, scoring Cook and Stinnett knocked in run number seven with an RBI rip to left field.
Moore County managed just one base runner the next two innings and the Lady Rockets put the game away in the bottom of the sixth.
With one down, Johnson singled to left.
Hollandsworth reached on an error before a fly-out to right for out number two.
Rachel Curtis bashed a ball into the right/center gap, scoring both runners to make it a 9-0 ballgame.
Jordan stepped up and creamed a one strike pitch deep over the left field fence for the walk-off homer, ending the contest.
"Moore County is 100 percent improved over what they were this time last year and I give that credit to their coach (Megan Smith)," said Cheatham.
Cheatham added, "She is intense and wants to be successful in what she does. Whenever anybody else gets better we will be forced to get better and that will be good for everybody in the long run. I can't wait to see that."
Forrest (18-4, 12-0) will travel to Fly Park on Saturday to participate in the Page One Day Invitational.
The Lady Rockets open up at 9:00 am versus Ezell Harding, followed by games with Hickman County, Centennial, and Harpeth Hall.
The regular season comes to a conclusion next week, beginning with Senior Night versus Community Monday night, at Cascade on Tuesday, and ends with a game at Ravenwood on Wednesday.
The District 9-A Tournament begins on May 6 at Cascade.