Herron stymies Huntland in 9-0 win

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Forrest's Adrean Jordan (18) picked up her ill sister Sara on Saturday, going 3-3 at the plate in a 9-1 win over Huntland in the second round of the District 9-A Tournament in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Once again, the Forrest Lady Rockets lost another key player, and once again they picked her up as senior Brooke Herron took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling for a one-hit, 15 strikeout complete game victory at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill on Saturday in the second round of the District 9-A Tournament.

Forrest is without the services of two major players in Katie Warrick, who broke her leg on April 4, and now sophomore Sara Jordan may be lost for the remainder of the season with a health related issue.

The resilient Lady Rocket (23-6) squad has now won nine games in a row and 13 out of 15 since the loss of Warrick.

Brooke Herron (21-3) turned in a masterful complete game, 15 strikeout one-hitter versus Huntland as the Lady Rockets won their ninth game in a row.

On Saturday, Adrean Jordan picked up sister Sara with a huge 3-3 (two runs scored, HBP, stolen base, two RBIs) performance at the plate to lead the Forrest offensive attack.

Herron struck out two of the three Huntland batters she faced in the top of the first, and in the home half of the frame, the Lady Rockets put four runs up on the scoreboard.

Ciara Cook led off with a bunt single, stole second and went to third on ball four to Courtney Hollandsworth.

Hollandsworth swiped the second base bag before Adrean Jordan knocked in Cook with a single to left field.

The next two batters were retired on hard line drives before Savannah Brothers knocked in Hollandsworth to make it 2-0.

Two consecutive errors on the Huntland shortstop allowed both Jordan and Brothers to score, making it 4-0.

Herron mowed down the Lady Hornets in the second and third innings, striking out the side 1-2-3 both times.

Jordan bashed a two-out double in the second and Herron walked before two more Huntland miscues in the infield made it a 7-0 ballgame.

Herron allowed a base on balls, but nothing else in the top of the fourth.

Jordan was beaned to leadoff the home half of the inning and Herron moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt before Kiyoko Puca knocked Jordan home with a double to right field.

Hollandsworth beat out an infield single with two outs in the fifth and Jordan made it 9-0 with her second double of the ballgame.

The game went to the seventh where Huntland's Lindsey Knoer broke up Herron's no-no with a clean shot to center, leading off the frame.

After a strikeout, Lacey Simmons and Callie Perkins drew back-to-back walks off Herron to load the bases, but Jordan made the defensive play of the game, snagging a line drive and gunning down the runner, wandering off the third base bag for a game ending double play.