Lady Rockets soar over Viqueens

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Forrest speedster Ciara Cook (00) rounds third and heads for home to complete an inside-the-park, grand-slam homerun in the fourth inning as the Lady Rockets won 15-0 over Community Monday night in Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets remained unbeaten on the season at 4-0 with a 15-0 four-inning run-rule win over the Community Viqueens Monday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill.

Brooke Herron tossed four perfect innings for the win in the circle, striking out five of the nine Viqueen batters she faced in the contest.

"Brooke had to get out there and perform to make that happen, so I am pleased," said FHS head coach Becky Cheatham. "I don't have anything to fuss about, error-wise, so hopefully we can carry that over tomorrow and step it up again."

On the offensive side, Forrest got off to a slow start before a combination of speed, execution with the bat, and some clutch extra base hits led to a seven-run third inning and an eight-run fourth frame that finished off Community.

Forrest threatened in the top of the second inning when Sara Jordan reached on a Viqueen error and Kiyoko Puca followed with a perfect bunt base hit to put runners on first and second with no outs.

Mandi Conley moved both runners up one base each with a sacrifice bunt, but Viqueen hurler Nikki Davis got a strikeout and a pop-up to first sacker Audrey Cothran to squelch the threat.

Herron retired the side in order in the third inning before the Lady Rockets kicked in the afterburners.

Courtney Hollandsworth was the first of 14 batters Forrest sent to the dish in the home half of the third and she ripped a single to left field to get things going.

Katie Warrick bashed another base hit to left that was fumbled and Hollandsworth came around to score on the play to make it 1-0.

Adrean Jordan followed with a laser RBI double to the gap in left and scored after consecutive passed balls on the Community backstop.

Herron and Sara drew back-to-back bases on balls and Briar Mays came in to run for Herron.

Kiyoko Puca (14) lays down a perfect bunt and then sped to first to beat the throw in the Lady Rockets' 15-0 run-rule win over the Viqueens.

Puca knocked in both runners with a stand-up triple to center field, making it a 5-0 ballgame.

Conley drove home Puca with a sacrifice fly before Community got a ground out for the first out of the inning.

Ciara Cook manufactured the seventh run all by herself with an infield slap single and three stolen bases, including home plate.

Herron ended her night in the circle, striking out the first two Viqueen batters in the top of the fourth, followed by a weak pop-up to Adrean Jordan at first.

Jordan then followed with her third hit of the night, leading off the bottom of the inning.

Herron walked again before Sara Jordan delivered a two-run double to right field.

Kaitlin Toombs got into the act with an RBI single to center to make it a 10-zip contest.

A Conley walk, followed by an infield hit by Mays loaded the sacks, but they were emptied in a hurry when Cook drilled a shot into the right field corner and circled the bases with ease for a grand-slam, inside-the-park homerun as the home crowd went wild.

Hollandsworth continued her fine night with another base hit, Liz Daughrity reached on an error, and Spencer Walls walked to load the bases before Alli Bennett ended the contest with an RBI base on balls.

Forrest banged out 14 hits in the contest with Adrean Jordan leading the way with a 3-3 night with two runs scored and an RBI.

Cheatham said about the contribution up and down the lineup, "I am pleased everyone got in the game and they all did very well."

Cook went 2-4 with three steals and drove home four, Puca was 2-2 with a run scored and two ribbies, Hollandsworth had two hits in three at-bats, plus a walk, and scored twice, Warrick was 2-4 with a run scored, Sara Jordan walked once, stole a base, had two hits, and drove home two, and Mays scored twice, stole a sack, and had one hit, Toombs had the one RBI knock, and Bennett rounded out the offensive onslaught with an RBI base on balls that ended the run-rule win.

Forrest traveled to Davidson Academy on Tuesday, battles at Cascade on Thursday, and finishes off their busy week with a full slate of games this weekend at the Chick-fil-A Classic in Brentwood.