FMS Lady Rockets capture Spring Hill tournament

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
FMS's Taylor Patin (20) had a huge weekend in Spring Hill at the plate, going 5-11 with five RBIs and two runs scored as the Lady Rockets won the tournament with a 4-1 record. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets dodged the weekend raindrops and a tough Summertown squad to capture the Spring Hill Middle School Tournament, posting a 4-1 record.

In game one, FMS beat Heritage Middle School 6-1 with Mays picking up the win in the circle and Taylor Patin doing heavy damage at the dish with three-run triple in the third inning.

Mays also drove home one in the contest and went 2-2 at the plate with two runs scored and a base on balls.

In game two, FMS knocked Summertown in to the loser's bracket with a 7-0 win as Mays picked up another victory in a two-hit performance in the circle, including six strikeouts.

Kelsey Darnell and Kyleah Hengesbach both banged two-run doubles and Cassie Whitworth and Dani Hoeft had run scoring singles and two hits apiece.

The Lady Rockets made it three in a row, blasting the host Lady Generals 7-0 with Mays picking up her third straight win in the circle with another two-hit, six strikeout gem.

Darnell put up a perfect 3-3 game at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI and Piper Elmore had two base knocks and an RBI, while Mays, Patin, and Samantha King had one hit and an RBI apiece.

With a win in game four, FMS would have the title, but Summertown got some revenge with a 2-1 win.

The Lady Rockets went ahead 1-0 on a first inning run scored by Mays on a wild pitch.

Forrest would not score again and the Lady Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the second with King suffering a tough-luck loss in the circle, giving up six hits, while striking out two and walking none.

It was on to the title game as FMS and Summertown faced off for the third time with the hardware on the line.

Patin got things going for Forrest with a first inning run scoring double that plated Darnell, who stroked a one-out single.

King escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the first with an inning ending strikeout and retired Summertown 1-2-3 in the second.

In the bottom of the third, the Lady Eagles tied the game.

King would buckle down and strike out five out of the next eight batters she faced in the ballgame, and in the top of the fifth, Darnell provided the game winning base knock with a an RBI single that scored Cassie Whitworth, who had led off the frame with a single.

Whitworth would finish the tournament with a 4-9 performance at the plate with three runs scored and an RBI.

Darnell had seven hits in twelve at bats with four RBIs and three runs scored, Mays went an impressive 8-13 at the dish with six runs scored and two ribbies, Patin had five hits in eleven at bats with five RBIs and crossed home twice, and Hengesbach was almost perfect at the plate, going 6-7 with five runs scored and two RBIs.

Elmore was 4-10, Hoeft 3-9, King finished 3-12, and Amanda Patterson had a tough weekend at the plate, going 0-8, but walked four times and scored once.

FMS improved to 10-3 on the season with the tournament win, but on Monday, the Lady Rockets had a letdown with a 10-9 loss in Cornersville, dropping their Big South Conference record to 6-2.

The Lady Rockets will be back action with another tough game on Friday as they travel to Lewisburg to take on the Tigerettes.