Lady Rockets' 20-win season mark intact
The Forrest Lady Rockets scored a pair of easy wins at the Coffee County Spring Classic in Manchester Friday night, shutting out Cumberland County 7-0 before pummeling Grundy County 15-3 in the nightcap.
With the 7-0 win over the Lady Jets from Crossville, Forrest notched win number seven in a row and eclipsed the 20-win mark for the season, marking 20-win campaigns every year head coach Becky Cheatham has been at the helm since 1998.
Cheatham's overall record since the '98 season is an incredible 394-104-2, but even more impressive is the mark of winning every district regular season and tournament titles in all 15 of those seasons.
Forrest jumped on Cumberland County quickly, scoring six times in the top of the first inning. Sara Jordan led off with a base hit up the middle and wound up on third base moments later after an overthrow and a passed ball.
Jessica Harmon knocked in Jordan with a bunt single and Adrean Jordan followed with an RBI single to left, scoring Harmon, who had moved up to second on a stolen base.
Lady Rocket starting pitcher Brooke Herron moved Adrean Jordan up to second with a sacrifice bunt before Kiyoko Puca doubled to left center, driving home Jordan to make it a 3-0 ballgame.
Puca stole third and scored on a passed ball before Mandi Conley ripped a single to center.
Liz Daughrity made it a 5-0 contest when she bashed a triple to deep left and Daughrity trotted home on a Kaitlin Toombs base hit before the Lady Jets finally got out of the inning.
Herron got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the first with a strikeout and a grounder back to the circle and the Lady Rockets did not score in the top of the second.
Cumberland County would not threaten in the bottom of the second inning, and in the top of third, Forrest tacked on run number seven when Puca beat out an infield hit to lead off the frame, went to second on a ground ball, took third on a passed ball and scored on an error.
Herron's night was done as freshman Baylee Dowers came to the circle and shut out the Lady Jets the rest of the way, going two innings without allowing a hit.
With the win, Herron improved to 19-3 on the season.
Forrest banged out 10 hits in their four innings of work with Puca going 2-2 (two runs scored, RBI, stolen base) and Sara Jordan, Harmon, Adrean Jordan, and Daughrity all had one hit, one run scored, and an RBI.
Conley had one hit and scored once, while Ciara Cook and Alli Bennett posted one base knock apiece in the contest.
Grundy County actually led 1-0 in the first inning before Forrest scored three times in the home half of the inning.
Sara Jordan, who pitched all three innings, reached on an error to lead off the contest.
Harmon slapped an infield single and Adrean Jordan walked to load the sacks.
Herron came up and drew a walk to score Sara Jordan and after a ground ball out back to the circle, Conley walked to drive in Harmon and Cook knocked in Adrean Jordan with a base hit.
The Yellow Jackets from Coalmont scored a single run in the top of the second to make it a 3-2 ballgame before the Lady Rockets exploded in the third inning as they scored 11 runs on eight hits, including an inside-the-park homerun by Adrean Jordan.
Harmon had two more hits in the frame, going a perfect 3-3 in the game with three runs scored and an RBI.
Forrest sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning and led 14-2, going to the bottom of the inning.
Grundy County kept the game alive with a single run in the bottom of the inning, but Forrest engaged the run-rule mandate when Cook scampered home on a passed ball with two outs in the third, ending the contest at 15-3.
Cook also had a perfect 3-3 ballgame with two runs scored, Adrean Jordan finished 2-2 (three runs scored, one base on balls, two RBIs), Daughrity had two hits in three at bats, scoring once and driving home two, and Sara Jordan and Spencer Walls each had one hit apiece and Bennett scored three times as a courtesy runner.
Forrest (21-6), who finished first in District 9-A, drew a bye in the first round of the district tournament and will not play until Saturday at 11 a.m. in Chapel Hill.