Raiderettes ambush Forrest
The tables got turned Thursday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill when Moore County beat Forrest 7-1, shattering a nearly seven-year streak of unbeaten district games for the 2008 state champion Lady Rockets, dating back to April 26, 2005 when Cornersville beat FHS 9-6.
During that streak, it was always Forrest that got the big hit at the crucial time of the game, made all the plays on defense, and when needed, mustered a comeback win.
"That is uncharacteristic of our previous teams," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham after the game. "However, that happens when a team comes in here and wants it worse than we do. I guess now we will find out what we are made of."
This time it was the Raiderettes who stepped up at crunch time.
Moore County came off the bus hungry and the Lady Rockets helped them along, committing six errors in the contest with five of them coming in the crucial five-run seventh inning that saw Moore County stretch out their lead to 7-1.
"We just didn't do what we needed to do at the plate and obviously we didn't do what we needed to do defensively, and when a team comes in here hungry to win and you do that, you find yourself on the losing end of the stick," said Cheatham.
In the previous inning, Sierra Bateman slid home with the tying run on a Forrest error at the plate on a squeeze bunt by Katie Bowles.
Two batters later, McKayla Ray delivered the go-ahead RBI single to left field that scored Sarah Raby, who had reached on a fielder's choice before moving to third on the previous FHS miscue.
Adrean Jordan's RBI single that scored Katie Warrick in the bottom of the first inning was all the run-scoring offense Forrest provided starter Brooke Herron, who gave up two earned runs on six Moore County hits, while walking five and striking out 11 Raiderette batters.
Forrest left runners in scoring position with one out in the second, fifth, and six innings, unable to move the runners up and around the diamond.
Lady Rocket senior first sacker Adrean Jordan finished the game with a perfect 2-2 night at the plate with an RBI and a base on balls, while Warrick went 2-3 (run scored), and Ciara Cook had the only other Forrest hit, walked once, and stole a base.
Emily Powell was the table setter for Moore County, walking three times and scoring twice, while Bateman had a huge game at the dish, going 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI, Ray had two hits in three at bats, including the crucial go-ahead hit in the sixth inning, and Raby went 1-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Kasey Harvey picked up the win in the circle for Moore County (5-1), tossing all seven innings, giving up just the one lone run on five Forrest hits, while striking four and walking three.
Forrest (9-4) has a little while to stew over the loss as they host Spring Hill and Huntland on Tuesday and Wednesday before embarking on a road trip for a busy three-day tournament appearance at the Ravenwood Raptor Classic, beginning on Thursday at Crockett Park in Brentwood.
Scheduled to appear at the tournament include Riverdale, Goodpasture, Marshall County, Davidson Academy, Friendship Christian, Houston High School, David Lipscomb, Waynesville, Ohio, South Gibson, and the host squad, Ravenwood.