FMS Lady Rockets avenge earlier season loss to Community

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
FMS shortstop Samantha King, who went 4-4 in the ballgame, makes perfect contact, drilling a two-run double in the Lady Rockets' 8-0 win over Community Monday night in Chapel Hill. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

On Monday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, a focused and determined FMS Lady Rockets' squad was out for revenge versus a Community team that had upset them earlier in the season and they avenged their disappointment with a vengeance, blanking the Viqueens 8-0.

Lainey Mays started in the circle for FMS and was a solid as can be, scattering just five hits, while striking out nine in the shutout victory.

Forrest got on the board with a single run in the bottom of the second, started by a leadoff double by Taylor Patin, who was knocked home one batter later by a Samantha King RBI base knock.

Community's Sydney Seagroves reached on a Forrest error leading off the third inning, but she was gunned down by FMS backstop Kyleah Hengesbach, trying to steal second.

Mays whiffed the next two Viqueen batters to end the inning, and in the bottom of the third, the Lady Rockets' bats turned red-hot as they banged out seven hits and a base on balls, producing five runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

Mays started the inning with a stand-up double off the left-field fence, Kelsey Darnell followed with a single, King doubled to drive home Mays, and Patin banged an RBI base hit to score Darnell.

King would trot home on an error on the play and Amanda Patterson and Piper Elmore followed with base hits, breaking the game wide open.

Mays stayed tough in the circle, allowing just a single base runner in the top of the fourth as the score remained the same.

Hengesbach and Patin drilled a pair of one-out hits in the home half of the fifth before King drove them both home with a double down the left field line, making it an 8-0 ballgame.

That would be all the runs Forrest would need on the night as Mays retired the final six Viqueen batters in order to end the contest.

King had a huge 4-4 performance at the plate with four RBIs, Patin matched King's 4-4 day and scored twice, Hengesbach went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Mays had two hits in four at-bats and scored a run, Darnell finished at 2-4 with a run scored, Patterson had a walk in four at-bats and crossed home once, and Elmore and Cassie Whitworth had one base knock apiece.

FMS (12-4) finishes up the regular season on Wednesday versus E.A. Cox before the start of the Big South Conference Tournament on Friday.