FMS Lady Rockets undefeated at Play Day

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Lady Rockets gear up for their final win over Spring Hill, completing the weekend sweep at the FMS Play Day Saturday in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Middle School Lady Rockets started off the pre-season with bang over the weekend, sweeping four games at their Play Day in Chapel Hill.

On Friday, FMS beat E.A. Cox 9-4 and shutout the Community Middle School Viqueens 2-0.

In Saturday afternoon's games, the Lady Rockets took on two tough opponents in Westwood and Spring Hill and won both contests 3-2 and 5-0, respectively.

In the opener, seventh grader Laney Mays took the circle for the Lady Rockets and picked up the win, hurling all four innings. Mays gave up one earned run on two hits, while striking out seven and walking none.

After a 1-2-3 first inning turned in by Mays, FMS scored in the bottom of the inning as Mays led off the frame with a double to right field, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI double to center by Kyleah Hengesbach.

Mays gave up a leadoff hit to Mikayla Rowland in the top of the second, but she was quickly erased as Hengesbach nailed her trying to steal second.

Mays retired the next batter on a strikeout and FMS got out of the inning on a nice play at shortstop by Amanda Patterson, who gunned down Savannah Davis at first on a ground ball in the hole.

FMS went down in order in the bottom of the second and Mays retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the third.

Laney Mays (3) bashes a leadoff double in the third inning versus Westwood.

Mays led off the home half of the frame with her second hit of the game before a bunt single by Hengesbach sent Mays all the way to third.

On the next pitch Hengesbach stole second and Taylor Patin walked to lead the sacks.

Samantha King drew an RBI walk to make it 2-0, and three batters later, Hengesbach scampered home on a ground ball off the bat of Dani Hoeft.

Mays struck out Ali Golden to lead off the top of the fourth, but the ball got away from Hengesbach and after two errors on the play, Golden scored to make it 3-1. Tori Cates doubled after the unearned run and came home two batters later to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

Mays ended the drama with a strikeout to secure the win. In game two versus Spring Hill, the Lady Rockets got out of a bases loaded two-out jam in the top of the first inning when starting pitcher Samantha King struck-out the number six hitter in the Generals lineup for out number three.

In the home half of the frame, Forrest scored twice as Hengesbach led off with a single, Hoeft moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt, and Mays followed with another single to make it first and third.

Kyleah Hengesbach (30) lays down a perfect bunt for a base hit in the Lady Rockets' 3-2 win over Westwood.

Patin reached on an error to load the sacks, and one batter later, Piper Elmore drove home two runners on another error by the Generals' infield.

King gave up just a lone hit over the next two innings and in the bottom of the third, the Lady Rockets tacked on three more runs on RBI hits by Patterson, Elmore, and King to make it 5-0.

King struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to end the game and complete the weekend sweep for Forrest.