Lady Rockets hold on for 7-6 win over Independence

Friday, March 16, 2012
Forrest senior second sacker Courtney Hollandsworth (22) scored three of the Lady Rockets' seven runs versus Independence Wednesday night as she reached base three times on a single, a walk, and a fielder's choice. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets moved to 2-0 on the young season as they survived a shaky defensive effort with some timely hitting and solid pitching from Brooke Herron and Sara Jordan, holding on for a 7-6 win over Independence (1-1) Wednesday night in Chapel Hill.

"I don't know what we will have to do to get over errors; we cannot do that and expect to win against good teams," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "It's good to win, but it is not good to play sloppy."

It was all good to start the ballgame as Herron set down the Lady Eagles 1-2-3 in the top of the first, and in the home half of the first frame, consecutive walks to Sara Jordan and Courtney Hollandsworth set up a three-run bomb over the scoreboard in center field by Katie Warrick, giving the Lady Rockets a lead they would try to give away later in the game.

Caylee Crews led off the top of the second with a base hit to right field, and after two Herron strikeouts, Dallas Richards drilled a hit up the middle to make it first and third.

A bouncing ball scored Crews from third before Herron got out of the inning two batters later when she snagged a pop-up near home plate.

Forrest added three runs in the bottom of the second with the big blow coming from Adrean Jordan, who slammed a two-out, two-run double in the right center field gap.

In the top of third, Independence scored three times on just a pair of hits by Morgan Bragg and Victoria Hope.

All three runs were unearned as the Lady Rockets' infield committed two errors and a passed ball, allowing the Lady Eagles to climb within two runs of the hometown girls at 6-4.

With one down in the bottom of the fourth, Hollandsworth, Warrick, and Adrean Jordan all singled to load the bases before Hollandsworth trotted home on an error by the Independence second baseman to make it 7-4.

Sara Jordan came on for Herron in the top of the fifth and the Lady Eagles notched a single tally on another unearned run that scored on a wild pitch.

Forrest wasted a two-out triple by Ciara Cook in the home half of the frame.

Herron returned to the circle for Forrest and Rachel Savage reached on a Forrest error, leading off the sixth inning and would come around to score without an Independence base hit, thanks to another infield error and a passed ball, making it a one-run game.

Independence hurler Shea Herrick sent the contest to the last inning, retiring Forrest 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

Hope banged a lead-off single to left field before Herrick moved Hope to second on a sac bunt that was played nicely by Adrean Jordan, who scooped it and dished to Hollandsworth covering first for the out.

Richards popped-up to Forrest Catcher Kaitlin Toombs near the screen for out number two, but Miranda Chard kept the game alive with an infield single.

Herron had seen enough and struck out Bay-Lee Lampley, swinging to end the game.

Forrest travels to Huntland on Thursday and will be back at the field of Dreams in Chapel Hill on Monday when they host the Community Viqueens.

Warrick, Cook, and Adrean Jordan all had two hits for the Lady Rockets, while Hollandsworth had one hit and one bases on balls and scored three runs.

Herron had a 1-3 performance at the dish and drove home two runs, while allowing just one earned run on eight Independence hits as she struck out seven and walked none in six innings of work in the circle for FHS.

"A positive for this team, even though we had errors, we battled back and did not give up," said Cheatham. "So if we maintain that attitude and work on our intensity, we will be fine. If we learn from our mistakes and commit to getting better, we should be OK."