Lady Rockets take twin bill from MTCS

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Forrest freshman Katie Warrick picked up a complete game shut-out win in game one, while bashing her fourth home run of the season in the 8-2 game two victory over MTCS Monday night in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

On Monday night, at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, Forrest displayed its depth, taking a 9-0 and 8-2 double header sweep over MTCS, who was playing their season opener.

Cheatham said, "We are going to need that depth as we move deeper in to the season, you never know what is going to happen, Saturday was a perfect example of that."

Senior Courtney Hollandsworth did not play due to illness and injured hurler Brooke Herron cheered from the dugout as her teammates picked her up, most notably her fellow senior Adrean Jordan and a pair of ultra-talented underclassmen in Sara Jordan and Katie Warrick.

Sara Jordan rounds third and gets some congratulations from Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham before heading for home plate after drilling a solo shot in the 8-2 game two win over the Lady Cougars.

"I was pleased overall," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "Our hitting did ok, it took us a while to get adjusted and I was pleased our subs came in and got some big hits and that will make other people eager to do better."

Sara Jordan and Warrick each gained complete game wins in the circle, while both bashed a homerun in game two of a double header sweep and Adrean Jordan had a fruitful day at the dish, going 4-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Sister Sara tossed a clean five inning five-hit ballgame and allowed just one earned run, while walking four and striking out six Lady Cougars in the game two victory.

The sophomore was red-hot at the dish, also going 4-6 with three RBIs and five runs scored in the twin bill.

Warrick had both go ahead for good hits in the double bubble with a first inning double in game one and a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning of game two.

The homerun was the fourth of the season for the freshman, who tallied four hits in five at bats on the evening with four RBIs and tossed a complete game circle gem shutout in the opener.

Warrick struck out a half dozen MTCS batters and walked none, while surrendering a lone infield single to Abby Sweeney in the fourth inning.

The Lady Rockets took care of business very early in the opener as Sara Jordan stroked a leadoff single up the middle and Ciara Cook made it first and second when her speedy running caused a bad throw on an infield grounder.

Warrick and Adrean Jordan followed with back-to-back RBI base knocks, staking Warrick to all the run support she would need in the ballgame.

Junior Mandi Conley doubled to lead-off the second and Kaitlin Toombs and Jessica Harmon drew a pair of bases on balls to load the sacks.

Conley and courtesy runner Alli Bennett trotted home on a Sara Jordan double and moments later, Harmon scooted home on a passed ball to make it 5-0.

Cook walked and Warrick was drilled by a pitch before Adrean Jordan made it a 6-0 contest as Cook scored on an infield single.

Warrick cruised to the fourth inning and the Lady Rockets tacked on three more runs on RBI hits from Adrean Jordan, Savannah Brothers, and Harmon before Warrick set down MTCS 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth to end the game.

In game two, MTCS got on the board in the first inning as Devon Welker led off with a triple in to the right center field gap and the next batter, Shelby Beckham followed with a perfect squeeze bunt RBI.

After an outfield error put Sweeney on second, Ashley Watson knocked her home on an RBI single up the middle.

Forrest took back the lead fast when Warrick drilled a three-run shot in the home half of the first, and in the bottom of the second, Sara Jordan made it 4-2 with laser liner over the left field fence.

Liz Daughrity's pinch hit RBI scored Adrean Jordan in the third inning to make it 5-2 and Forrest upped the score to 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI base knock by Stacey Nokes and a two-run double by Brothers.

The Lady Cougars put two on with two out in the visitors' part of the fifth before a groundball to Adrean Jordan at first base ended the game.

The Lady Rockets improved to 9-3 on the season and remained unblemished in District 9A play at 5-0.

Forrest finishes up their busy run of ten games in a ten-day stretch when they host Moore County on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

"We need some time to rehab and gosh, we need some time to practice so we can work on some things we need to get straightened out," said Cheatham.