Lady Rockets run rule LMS/Revised

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The FMS Lady Rockets (3-0) get all fired-up before run-ruling LMS 13-3 in Chapel Hill Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets remained undefeated at 3-0 thanks to a 13-3 run-rule victory over the LMS Tigerettes Wednesday afternoon at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill

LMS scored three times in the first inning off FMS starter Lainey Mays, beginning with one-out, back-to-back walks to Taliyah Angus and Laura Beth Brown, followed by a throwing error on a ball hit back to the circle by Skylar Brandon that scored Angus.

After Mays recorded a strikeout, Autumn Kelley bashed a two-run base hit to make it 3-0.

An infield single by Taylor Ingram loaded the sacks, but Mays escaped the jam on a grounder to FMS second sacker Piper Elmore.

"We thought it was going to be a long night after that," said FMS head coach Bunky Elmore. "I was worried the whole time because Lewisburg has the potential to be explosive."

Mays led off the bottom of the inning by being hit by a Blair Richards' pitch.

Kelsey Darnell's sacrifice bunt moved Mays to second, and one batter later, Taylor Patin drove Mays home with a double to center field.

Richards walked Dani Hoeft before the inning ended on an unassisted ground ball put-out at third by Brown.

Mays retired LMS 1-2-3 in the top of the second, and in the bottom of the third inning, FMS scored seven times to make it an 8-3 ballgame.

Samantha King and Cassie Whitworth walked to start the inning, before Kyleah Hengesbach laid down a perfect bunt and legged it out to load the bases full of Lady Rockets.

Darnell followed with an RBI base on balls and Amanda Patterson tied the game at 3-3 on a fielder's choice RBI.

Patin put FMS in front with another ground ball ribbie, Darnell scored on a passed ball, and Patterson trotted home on an LMS error to make it 6-3.

King busted the game open with a laser off the glove of the LMS third baseman that scored two more Lady Rockets, making it 8-3.

Mays stayed tough and did not allow any runs in the fourth inning, but FMS scored three times in the home half to make it an 11-3 contest.

LMS could not muster any offense in the fourth off Mays and FMS scored two crucial runs in the bottom of the inning that made it a 10-run game on RBI hits by Hengesbach and Darnell, making it 13-3.

Brown was hit by a Mays pitch, leading off the top of the fifth, but a pop-up to first, followed by back-to-back strikeouts by Mays gave FMS the win.

Patin had a big day at the plate, going 2-4 with four RBIs, Mays (three runs scored, RBI), Darnell (two runs scored, RBI), and King (two runs scored, RBI) all had two hits apiece, Patterson had one hit, scored twice and drove home two runners, and Hengesbach knocked in one, scored a run, and walked once in three at bats.

"We were the explosive ones tonight," said Elmore. "We had some, big, big sticks tonight. It is wonderful, just one person after another, Patin has been hitting good, King's been hitting good, Lainey's been hitting good, and Kyleah came up with some big hits tonight. They all have been working hard at that."

Mays picked up the win in the circle, going the distance as the lanky righty gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out six.

FMS will be back in action on Friday with their first road trip of the year to Community, while LMS (1-2) will partake in the Richland Middle School Tournament Friday and Saturday.