Lady Rockets blast Eagleville 13-3

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Forrest's Courtney Hollandsworth knocks home two runs in the first inning for the Lady Rockets, who went on to run-rule Eagleville 13-3 Monday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

On Saturday in Franklin, the Forrest Lady Rockets struggled mustering some offense, but came back with a vengeance Monday night in Eagleville, pounding out 14 hits in a six-inning, 13-3 run-rule win over the Lady Eagles.

Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham said after the game, "I am proud of them and I am pleased with the effort and glad everyone got a chance to play, so hopefully that will help them build some confidence."

The Lady Rockets displayed hot bats up and down the lineup with Mandi Conley leading the way with a 3-4 night and three runs scored, while Savannah Brothers (2-2, two runs scored, three RBIs), Courtney Hollandsworth (2-3, two walks, two RBIs, two runs scored), Liz Daughrity (2-3, two RBIs), and Kiyoko Puca (2-3, one run scored, one RBI) all had a multiple hit game.

Kiyoko Puca makes it 3-0 with an RBI double in the third inning.

Sara Jordan (1-3, two bases on balls, one run scored, one RBI, one stolen base), Brooke Herron (1-2, base on balls), Jessica Harmon (1-3, two stolen bases, one run scored), and Alli Bennett (0-1, two bases on balls, two runs scored, two stolen bases) all added to the offensive explosion.

"It's always an adjustment for us when we come off a tournament and come in and face slow pitching," said Cheatham. "I felt like we made a pretty good adjustment, it just took us a little while to do it."

Herron picked up the win in the circle for Forrest, tossing three shut-out innings, while allowing just one hit and striking out six, walking three, and beaning one Eagleville batter.

Liz Daughrity knocked home two runs in the sixth inning, making it a 13-3 ballgame.

Sara Jordan finished up the victory, giving up two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking none.

A Hollandsworth two-run single in the first inning got Forrest off to a hot start as Herron was in control in the circle, striking out five Eagleville batters in the first two innings.

In the top of the third, Herron singled to center with one out, Bennett came in as Herron's courtesy runner.

Hollandsworth walked to make it first and second before Puca ripped an RBI double into the left center field gap, scoring Bennett to make it 3-0.

Conley hit a grounder to third that trapped Hollandsworth in a rundown between third and home, and after several tries to tag out the Forrest senior, Hollandsworth slide under the tag at home and Puca scampered to third, while Conley stood on second.

Kaitlin Toombs drove in Puca with grounder to second before Harmon singled down the left field line where the ball was bobbled, allowing Conley to come home, giving the Lady Rockets a 6-0 lead.

Herron struck out two of the three batters she faced in her last inning of the night in the home half of the third.

In the bottom of the fourth, Eagleville third baseman Jessica Pew led off with a single, Heather Lafever followed with a double to make it second and third, and after strikeout, Ashley Tidwell drove home her Lady Eagle teammates with a double to right field, making it 6-2.

Brothers and Sara Jordan got both runs back with a pair of RBI base knocks in the fifth and Eagleville scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, sending the game to the sixth inning with Forrest leading 8-3.

Hollandsworth walked again to lead off the frame and Charlie Bruce laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Hollandsworth to second base.

Conley beat out an infield hit before Brothers drilled a triple into left field, scoring both runners to make it 10-3.

Brothers scooted home on a passed ball and consecutive walks to Harmon, Sara Jordan, and Bennett loaded the sacks full of Lady Rockets before Daughrity made it a ten-run game with a two-run double to center field.

Sara Jordan had no trouble in the home half of the inning and the game ended in the run-rule win for the Lady Rockets (15-6, 7-1), who face their biggest test of the season Thursday night in Chapel Hill when they take on Cascade for senior night at the Field of Dreams.

"Oh Boy, yes sir, that is a big game," said Cheatham. "We have got to be mentally prepared and physically execute, so we will see what happens Thursday."