Forrest season ends early

Friday, May 24, 2013
Sara Jordan (11) knocks in Forrest's lone run of the ballgame in the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets could not muster any of their late-season magic versus long-time rival Trinity Christian School (TCA) in Wednesday morning's losers' bracket round of the Blue Cross Spring Fling, falling 11-1 to the Lady Lions in six innings.

The loss marked eight wins in 10 games for TCA over Forrest and four times that the Lady Lions have beaten Forrest in an elimination contest.

"I think we are all disappointed and I felt like we didn't give our best effort," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "On the other side of it, we have accomplished a lot this season and we have to be proud of that, so we really don't have anything to hang our heads about. We have to set some goals for next year and start working hard right now to accomplish them."

TCA hitting spree

TCA banged out 13 hits in the contest off Forrest starting pitcher Sara Jordan, including a two-run home run by Morgan Hardin in the third inning, followed by a three-run shot by Amanda Bond in the fourth.

Meanwhile, the Lady Rockets had just five base hits versus TCA hurler Cassie Layman, who kept Forrest off balance the entire contest, mixing in a nice change-up with solid accuracy.

Jordan (1-3) came up with the lone RBI for Forrest, who left six runners stranded in the ballgame.

After two scoreless innings, TCA scored four runs in the bottom third before the Lady Rockets finally got on the board on Jordan's ribbie in the top of the fourth, making it 4-1.

Senior Jessica Harmon (3) executes a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning versus TCA at the Blue Cross Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.

The Lady Lions answered with three more runs in the bottom of the inning and finished off Forrest with a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth inning for the run-rule win.

'Worn out'

"We just couldn't fight back," said Cheatham. "I don' know what to attribute that to, except maybe we were worn out. We were too inconsistent, so we have to work hard to fix that next year."

Lainey Mays (1-3), Katie Warrick (1-3, RS), Savannah Brothers (1-3), and Kiyoko Puca (1-2) all managed one hit apiece in Forrest's final game of the year.

The Lady Rockets (21-9) came on strong at the end of the season, winning nine out of their last 10 games leading up to the state tournament, including the District 9-A tournament title and the Region 5-A crown.

Bright future

Kiyoko Puca (14) had one of the five hits for the Lady Rockets in the contest.

Cheatham loses just two players from the squad as left fielder Jessica Harmon and Mandi Conley finished up their careers with three state tournament appearances apiece.

The Lady Rockets remaining starters included two eighth-graders, one freshman, three sophomores, and two juniors, so the future is bright for Forrest, who will try for a 10th state tournament trip next year.

"We have lots of young kids coming up and I am looking forward to that," said Cheatham. "I think if everybody will commit themselves to our goals, we will be OK."