Herron two hits Eagleville in tournament opener

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Forrest speedster Ciara Cook (00) line drives a base hit to right field in the second inning. Cook would steal second and score on one of three Sara Jordan hits in the ballgame as the Lady Rockets won 6-0 over Eagleville in the first round of the District 9-A Tournament. (Photo by Anthony S. Puca)

Early on, Forrest junior Brooke Herron did not get much run support from her Lady Rocket teammates, but Herron did not need much help in the 6-0 win as she tossed a complete game two-hit shutout over host Eagleville in the first round of the District 9-A Tournament.

Herron took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Eagleville's Mandy Millard singled up the middle with one out.

Herron (16-2) struck out eleven Lady Eagles, walked one and hit one in win number twenty on the year for Forrest.

"Brooke did another great job on the mound," said FHS head coach Becky Cheatham. "For the most part we did a good job defensively. We had one error, but it did not hurt us."

"We had some base running mistakes and we have to overcome that," said Cheatham. "All in all, it was a good effort and I am pleased. Now, we have to take that and build on it Monday."

Sara Jordan once again swung a hot stick for the Lady Rockets, going 3-3 (1 RBI) with a double, two runs scored and a base on balls.

Herron faced four batters in the top of the first, giving up nothing but a hit batsman before Sara Jordan led off the bottom of the inning with a single past the Eagleville third baseman.

Courtney Hollandsworth moved Jordan up to second with a sac bunt and two batters later, Jordan came home when Whitney Stofel reached on an error.

Herron set down Eagleville 1-2-3 in the second and with two outs in the bottom of the inning, Ciara Cook singled to right and stole second on the next pitch to Sara Jordan.

Jordan wasted no time getting Cook home as she laced the next pitch from Ashton Smith to center field, making it a 2-0 ballgame.

Herron faced only ten batters the next three innings before Forrest tacked on two more runs in the bottom fifth inning on RBI's by Adrean Jordan and Caitlyn Rotchford.

Herron was tougher in the sixth, striking out the side in order.

Hollandsworth drilled an RBI hit in the sixth that scored Sara Jordan, who had doubled and one batter later, Adrean Jordan singled and an error by Eagleville allowed Hollandsworth to scamper home with run number six.

Millard broke up the Herron no-no with a one-out single, but was erased at second on a ball hit back to the circle by YaYa Guerra.

An error by the Lady Rockets put runners on first and second, sending up Jessica Pew, who singled to right field, but Forrest's Jessica Harmon came up throwing and nailed Guerra at the plate to end the game.

Forrest (20-6) took on Cascade (15-10), Monday night in a winner's bracket game.