Forrest district dynasty not challenged

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Forrest's Shelby Stinnett put the cap on a five year unbeaten mark versus District 9-A foes, tossing a 1 hitter in the D9-A Tournament championship game Wednesday night in Wartrace. Forrest won 6-0 and will host the first round of the Region 5-A Tournament Monday night in Chapel Hill at 7:00 pm. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets (24-4) added another title to their District 9-A dynasty Wednesday night in Wartrace, dominating host Cascade 6-0 in the district tournament title game.

Forrest has now beaten the Lady Champions twenty-nine straight times since 2002.

The Lady Rockets have won every regular season and tournament game versus league opponents since realignment in 2005 and will host the second place team in District 10-A Monday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill at 7:00 pm in the opening round of the Region 5-A Tournament.

Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham said after the game, "It was a solid effort. We hit pretty well, we just didn't score all the runners we had on base. I was pleased with their effort, pleased with their attitude and hopefully we are good to go Monday. I feel whatever we see in the region will be better than the district, so we are going to have to step it up a notch."

Four-time District 9-A MVP Shelby Stinnett (21-1) was in complete control from the outset in the circle, masterfully keeping the Lady Champs off balance in tossing a 1 hit, 7 strikeout gem.

Stinnett did not walk a batter and only had one ball leave the infield and even that was turned into an out on a spectacular play by centerfielder Adrean Jordan with two outs in the third inning.

Jordan fielded a one-hop line drive off the bat of Ashlynn Miller and gunned her down at first base

After appearing in her last district outing, Stinnett said, "You have to give it your all knowing it is your last time. I try to give it all each time, but this time you know, that's it. Starting from Community on you get that fire and you get that thing that no one is going to shut you down. You have to be a little cocky and get your momentum going, if not we will not make it through the rest."

The only hit off Stinnett was a swinging bunt single by Sara Edwards in the fourth.

Ciara Cook, Stinnett, and catcher Caitlyn Rotchford all had two hits apiece in a twelve-hit Lady Rocket offensive attack.

Chelsea Johnson, an All-District 9-A Team selection proved her worth once again, setting the table from the leadoff spot in a 3-4 performance that included a double, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Forrest leadoff hitter Chelsea Johnson went 3-4 from the plate, firing up the Rocket early with a one-hop double off of the left field fence in the bottom of the first.

Johnson would come around to score just moments later on a Cascade infield miscue, making it 1-0.

Forrest added another run in the third, beginning with a Jordan rope to the opposite field for a triple.

Caitlyn Rotchford followed with a double down the right field line, easily scoring Jordan standing up.

Stinnett would not give in, inducing ground ball after ground when not whiffing the Lady Champ hitters.

Forrest second baseman Courtney Hollandsworth was hopping around like a busy squirrel, assisting on six outs and making the putout on pop-ups on two more.

The Lady Rockets broke the game wide open in the fifth, tacking on three runs on four hits and a sacrifice fly by Jordan.

Stinnett led off the frame with a double, giving way to Korisa Warlick as a courtesy runner.

Rachel Curtis followed with a single, making it first and third and then promptly stole second.

Jordan delivered the sac fly to right before Rotchford poked a squeeze bunt RBI past the Cascade defenders, sending Curtis across the plate.

Brooke Herron bounced into a 6-4 fielder's choice before stealing second.

Whitney Stofel singled to right field, scoring Herron to give Forrest a 5-0 lead.

Johnson manufactured the final Forrest tally in the sixth, banging a one out single to left, stealing second and tagging to third on a fly ball to right by Hollandsworth.

Johnson pranced home on a line drive RBI single to left by Stinnett.

Stinnett set down Cascade in order in the sixth and seventh innings to secure her five-year unbeaten record versus district opponents.

The District 9-A All-Season Team Top row from left, Kasey Lupo (FC Boyd), Marli Majors (Huntland), Courtney Vassar and Cori Ann Hickerson (Community), Sara Edwards, Kelsey Parker, and Leigha Carter (Cascade). Front row from left Chelsea Johnson, Rachel Curtis, Shelby Stinnett (MVP), Caitlyn Rotchford, and Adrean Jordan all from Forrest. Not pictured, Kassandra Hooper (EV), Marissa Moore (MTCS), Abbey Sweeney (MTCS), Kelsey Camp (MC), and Susan Bateman (MC). District 9-A Coach of the Year,Becky Cheatham (Forrest).

The Lady Rockets also dominated the 2010 All-District 9-A squad, sending Stinnett, Curtis, Johnson, Jordan, and Rotchford.

Cheatham was named as the District 9-A Coach of the Year.