Lady Rockets run-rule Huntland, lose Warrick

Friday, April 6, 2012
Mandi Conley (4) delivers a clutch two-run single in the bottom of the second inning in the Lady Rockets' 11-0 inspirational win. Photo by Bill Beasley

The Forrest Lady Rockets garnered an impressive 11-0 run-rule win versus Huntland Wednesday night, but in the process lost freshman sensation Katie Warrick for the season when she suffered a broken left leg on a collision play near the second-base bag in the top of the second inning.

"We are heartbroken for her," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham after the game. "We pray that she is going to be OK and things will be alright. We stepped up as a team after her injury and I am proud of the team for that, but we are certainly going to miss her."


Ciara Cook (00), who went 2-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases in the 11-0 win gives the thumbs up to her injured comrade Katie Warrick, who suffered a season-ending injury in Wednesday night in Chapel Hill.Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

Senior circle dweller Brooke Herron, who struck out 10 Lady Hornets while walking only one and giving up a lone base hit in the second inning, earned the complete game shutout victory.

After a 1-2-3 first inning by Herron, Forrest jumped on Huntland in the home half of the frame as they scored three times.

Ciara Cook set the table; beating out an infield slap hit with one out and promptly stole second.

Huntland got an infield pop-up for the second out, but Adrean Jordan came through with a stand-up triple into the right field corner to score Cook with the game's first run.

Herron roped a single to center that scored Jordan and Alli Bennett came on as a courtesy runner for Herron. Bennett swiped the second base bag and trotted home with run number two on a Courtney Hollandsworth RBI base knock.

Lacey Simmons led off the Lady Hornets' second inning with a base hit up the middle before Herron got a fly out to Cook in center.

Warrick goes down

Herron struck Cassie Rogers, and Simmons headed to second base on an attempted steal when the freak accidental collision that injured Warrick took place.

Warrick was taken by ambulance to Williamson Medical Center and the game was resumed after a lengthy delay.

Herron reared back and whiffed the ensuing batter to end the inning.

An inspired Lady Rocket squad, playing for Warrick, busted the game wide open for No. 55, scoring five times in the home half of the second to put the game away.

Huntland committed consecutive errors to open the inning and then got the next two outs, leaving both base runners standing on second and third, but just for a moment.

Mandi Conley, who had come in for the injured Warrick, set the house on fire with a laser two-run single to center and the rally was on.

"That was so positive," said a smiling Cheatham about the Conley hit. "That is what makes a good team is when even when you are disappointed, you can still be upbeat for your teammates and pull together as a team and I think that paid off today. Mandi came in with a positive attitude and was prepared to do that and we all stepped it up tonight and now we just have to keep it going."

Lead extended

Adrean Jordan and Herron belted back-to- back RBI hits after the Conley base knock, making it 7-0.

Bennett, who came in once again to run for Herron, trotted home from third on a passed ball to extend the Lady Rockets' lead to 8-0.

Herron slammed the door tightly shut in the third and fourth innings, and in the bottom of the fourth, Forrest upped the score to 11-0.

Sara Jordan led off the home half of the inning with a base hit and Cook followed with a perfect bunt single.

Two batters later, Adrean Jordan drove home sister Sara and Cook went to third.

With Herron at the plate, Cook turned a magic trick, stealing home on an unsuspecting Huntland squad.

Herron put the icing on the cake with an RBI single that scored Adrean Jordan and in the bottom of the fifth, Herron mowed down the Lady Hornets, striking out the side to end the ballgame.