Stinnett perfect in record setting outing

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Forrest seniors Shelby Stinnett and Rachel Curtis stand with Lady Rocket head coach Becky Cheatham before the regular season finale Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. Forrest finished the season with a 20-4, 14-0 record and an incredible five year district unbeaten streak after defeating Community 6-0.

Forrest senior Shelby Stinnett finished off an immaculate five-year record of never allowing an earned run to a district opponent in the regular season with a bombshell, hurling a perfect game in the circle on Senior Night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill as the Lady Rockets shutout Community 6-0 Wednesday night.

Stinnett said after the game, "It feels good not giving up any earned runs in the district all five years, but what matters the most is the next four games in the district tournament and it only gets tougher as we go on."

Stinnett (17-1) struck out eight Viqueen batters in the contest, notching her 112th career win and win number 50 versus league foes.

Forrest senior Shelby Stinnett coils up to deliver the last pitch of the ballgame that turned into a groundball out to Whitney Stofel at first base, finishing off a 6-0 perfect game win over Community for Stinnett and capping a five-year record of never allowing an earned run to a district opponent in the regular season. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

"Over the past years they (Community) have been hitting me and getting on me. Their coaching has been incredible over there and they have been working hard so we tried to keep it down and keep them off guard and that is what we did", said Stinnett.

With the regular season finale victory, Forrest (20-4, 14-0) extended their unbeaten district record to five years.

Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham smiled and said about her team's five year district domination, "That's pretty remarkable to be able to be that intense because usually within that length of time somebody will mess up won't they."

Forrest senior Rachel Curtis got her wish Wednesday night, catching the last two innings versus Community as the Lady Rockets finished with an unbeaten 14-0 district record, marking five straight years of nothing but wins.

Cheatham added about Stinnett's incredible run, "That was great and I was pleased for her and for Rachel (Curtis) to finish off with that perfect game and Rachel got her senior wish which was to get to catch and I thought she was pretty awesome at that too."

Stinnett and Curtis were both honored before the game as the only two seniors on the 2010 Forrest squad.

The Lady Rockets scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the third inning on just five hits, but they were helped out by a porous Viqueen defense that committed six errors in the frame.

Caitlyn Rotchford continued her torrid ways at the plate, going 1-1 with a sacrifice bunt and an RBI double in two trips and Adrean Jordan, Sara Jordan, Ciara Cook, Whitney Stofel, Brooke Herron, Chelsea Johnson, Stinnett and Curtis all had one base hit apiece.

Forrest will open defense of their District 9-A Tournament title Thursday night versus last place Eagleville in Chapel Hill before the action moves over to Cascade on Friday for round two.

The Lady Rockets are 20-0 versus the Lady Eagles since 2002, including 17 shut-out wins.