King leads FMS Lady Rockets over Moore County

Friday, March 9, 2012
FMS's Samantha King picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Rockets and knocked in four runs as Forrest beat Moore County 9-4 Tuesday night in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

FMS seventh-grader Samantha King handed out a double dose of trouble to Moore County Tuesday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, picking up the win in the circle and doing heavy damage versus the Raiderettes at the plate in a 9-4 win.

King pitched five innings, giving up one earned run on four hits, while striking out nine and walking two.

Lainey Mays came on in relief of King in the sixth and tossed two scoreless innings, while giving up one walk and a lone base hit and whiffing four Moore County hitters.

King worked out of a second and third, one-out jam in the top of the first with two consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.

Mays, Kelsey Darnell, and Amanda Patterson walked in succession to begin the bottom of the first, and after Moore County got a force at home for the first out, Darnell scored on an infield error to make it 1-0.

King stepped up to the dish and crowned the Raiderettes with a bases clearing single to deep left, giving Forrest a 4-0 lead.

Dani Hoeft (6) had a perfect night at the plate for FMS, going 4-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

King struck out the side in order in the top of the second and her teammates gave her three more runs in the home half of the frame on a two-run double by Taylor Patin, followed by a run scoring single from Dani Hoeft that scored Patin.

Moore County came back in the top of the third as they cut the Lady Rockets' lead to 7-3, putting up a three-spot on RBI base knocks by Lindsey Eslick, Mariah Ward, and Regan Damron.

There was no scoring in the fourth inning, but Moore County added a single run in the top of the fifth on a base hit by Ward that scored Amber Lynne Holman.

King tossed a scoreless fifth inning before Mays came to the circle in relief to start the sixth.

FMS added two insurance runs in the home half of the sixth inning on RBI hits from Hoeft and King, before Mays secured the 9-4 win with a scoreless top of the seventh.

Hoeft had a brilliant night at the plate, going a perfect 4-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Patin did some heavy damage at the dish with a 3-4 ballgame, one walk and two runs scored while King knocked in four runs with two hits in four at bats.

Kyleah Hengesbach went 2-2, Patterson had one hit, one base on balls and scored twice, Piper Elmore had one hit, and Mays bashed one base hit, walked twice and score once in four plate appearances for the 2-0 Lady Rockets.