FMS Lady Rockets run over Columbia Academy
The FMS Lady Rockets made easy work of Columbia Academy Monday afternoon at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, crushing the Lady Bulldogs 16-1 in a three inning run-rule win.
With the win, Forrest improved to 15-1 on the season and ended conference play with an undefeated slate.
"After that big game versus LMS last week, this was a lot easier," said FMS head coach Bunky Elmore. "It was a great chance to get a lot of kids some playing time."
The Lady Rockets have one non-conference game remaining versus Community on Wednesday in Chapel Hill, slated for a 1 p.m. start.
The Lady Bulldogs put up a single run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Corrine Chapiro before the floodgates opened for FMS in the bottom of the inning.
Forrest sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning, scoring 13 small-ball runs on just one hit in the green, four bunt singles, three walks, two hit batsmen, one wild pitch, one passed ball, and seven Columbia Academy errors.
Lainey Mays crushed a leadoff single to start the inning, Jordan Yelensky got drilled by a pitch in the side, and Kyleah Hengesbach laid down a perfect bunt to load the sacks full of Lady Rockets.
Samantha King was hit by a pitch to drive in Mays before Chapiro struck out the next FMS batter.
Runs keep coming
A two-run error on a ground ball by Carson Warner made it a 3-1 ballgame.
Rickee Gayle Carter and Madison Curtis followed with back-to-back RBI bunt singles to make it 4-1 and Emma Stacey executed another perfect bunt to re-load the bases.
Mays, Yelensky, and Hengesbach all drew bases on balls before King made it 8-1 on an RBI fielder's choice.
Jasmine Runk cleared the bases thanks to a triple-error play by the Lady Bulldogs and Carter rounded the bases on two more miscues by the Lady Bulldogs, making it a 13-1 contest.
Forrest scored a single run in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI hit-by-pitch by Erin Septer and the Lady Rockets finished off the game in the bottom of the third on consecutive hits by Brooke Paul, Micayla Feller, and the game-ender by Chloe Bruce.
King picked up the win in the circle, allowing three hits, while walking one and striking out a half dozen Lady Bulldogs' batters.
The Big South Conference Tournament begins Friday at Forrest with three games slated in round one. The remainder of the double-elimination tournament will be played on Saturday.
FMS, Lewisburg Middle School, Cornersville Middle School, E.A. Cox, Columbia Academy, and Spring Hill will battle for Big South Conference Tournament title, won by the Lady Rockets last year.
"I am proud of all of them and I am glad to be part of this group," said Elmore. "It would be nice to go back-to-back, that was one of our goals when the season started."