FMS out slugs Tigerettes 12-7
The FMS Lady Rockets travelled to Mike Finley Memorial Field in Lewisburg for a Friday night fight with the LMS Tigerettes and came away with a hard fought 12-7 win.
Forrest batted around in the top of the first inning, scoring five times on a pair of RBI hits by Piper Elmore and Cassie Whitworth, a run scoring fielder's choice by Dani Hoeft, and a Taylor Patin RBI when she was hit by pitch with the bases loaded.
LMS came right back with a single run in the home half of the first, beginning with a leadoff stand-up triple by Allison Sheroski, followed by a perfect squeeze bunt by Taliyah Angus.
Laura Beth Brown walked and Skylar Brandon reached on an FMS error before Lady Rocket starter Lainey Mays escaped the bases loaded no-out jam on a strikeout, a 4-2 putout at home and an inning ending whiff.
Mays led off the top of the third with a double to center field, Kyleah Hengesbach was hit by a pitch, and Amanda Patterson reached on a bunt single to load the sacks for FMS.
Patin walked to make it 6-1, Samantha King drove home run number seven with a sacrifice fly to left, and Piper Elmore added two more runs to the Forrest tally sheet with single to right field.
Moments later, Elmore would come around to score on an LMS error to make it a 10-1 ballgame.
The Tigerettes rallied again as Haley Hartley drew a base on balls to lead-off the bottom of the second, and after Mays got the first out on a strikeout, Sheroski ripped a single to left, making it first and third.
Hartley came home on a grounder to third and Sheroski scored to make it 10-3 on a Brown RBI base knock to center field.
LMS starter Taylor Ingram pitched a scoreless third before being relieved by Autumn Kelley in the fourth, who retired the Lady Rockets in order.
Mays tossed a scoreless third, but in the bottom of the fourth, LMS made it a 10-4 ballgame on an RBI from Brown.
Kelley set down the Lady Rockets 1-2-3 in the fifth, and in the home half of the frame, the Tigerettes scored three runs to make it a 10-7 contest.
The big blow came off the bat of Ingram, who bashed a run-scoring triple.
FMS scored an insurance run in the top of the fifth on a double by King that scored Patterson, who had singled and stole second base before coming home.
Mays held the Tigerettes in check in the home half of the inning, retiring the side order.
Hannah Haynes reached on a one-out error in the top of the seventh, Mays followed with a single, and Haynes trotted home on an RBI base hit by Hengesbach, making 12-7, entering the bottom of the last inning.
Mays held firm, retiring the Tigerettes in order to end the ballgame.
Hengesbach led FMS at the plate, going 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Patterson scored three times, going 2-2 with three bases on balls, Elmore had a 2-4 game with three RBIs and two runs scored, Mays had two hits in four at bats, plus a walk and scored twice, King had two RBIs on a hit and a sac fly, Hoeft went 1-4 with a ribbie, Whitworth had two hits in four at bats and drove home one, and Patin had two RBIs on a pair of bases on balls and scored two runs.
Sheroski led the Tigerettes with a 2-4 day at the dish, driving home three, and scoring twice, Brown knocked in two runners with a 2-3 effort and walked once, Angus went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Madison Perryman drove home one Tigerette runner with one hit in three at bats, plus a walk, Ingram drove home one run with one hit, while Hartley went 1-3 with two runs scored and a base on balls.
Both squads will end the regular season this week before the Big South Conference Tournament gets underway in Chapel Hill on Friday and ends with the title game on Saturday.