FMS Lady Rockets defend home turf

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca The FMS Lady Rockets did not need much motivation versus longtime rival Cascade Friday night.

The FMS Lady Rockets jumped out quick and never looked back in a 7-4 win over visiting Cascade Friday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, remaining unbeaten on the season.

"It was a good night and again, it was a good team effort," said FMS head coach Daniella Hooper. "Multiple girls were coming in as substitutes and we put some girls in some different defensive positions and they did well."

Jordan Yelensky picked up the win in the circle for FMS, giving up one run on one hit before Kayla Gillespie took over with one out in the top of the third inning.


Gillespie gave up two earned runs on 12 hits, while striking out four and walking none in her 4 2/3 innings of work that featured several great plays on defense that got the Lady Rockets out of some jams.

"Again, that's where I feel like Kayla's going to mature as a pitcher when she is put in those positions," said Hooper. "And with the defense backing her up, it helps her feel better about herself I'm sure."

Cascade did not score in the top of the first inning before FMS came up with two runs in the home half of the inning on an RBI double by Yelensky that scored Gillespie, who had singled to right field.

Yelensky would score moments later from third base on a passed ball, and after a leadoff single by Cascade's Delaney Vaught in the top of the second, Yelensky struck out the side in order.

Loaded bases

Jasmine Runk banged a out single in the bottom of the inning and stole second base before Micayla Feller reached on a Cascade infield miscue.

Emma Stacey followed with a bunt single to load the sacks full of Lady Rockets before Gillespie knocked in Ruck with a base hit.

Yelensky drilled a shot to center field that went off the glove of the Lady Champions' outfielder, allowing two more runs to score, making it a 5-0 ballgame.

Yelensky would score for the second time in the game on a passed before the inning ended and her day in the circle ended two batters into the third inning.

Cascade would finally get on the board on a two-out RBI double by Brooke Suddath in the top of the third inning.

FMS did not score in the home half of the third.

Paul stops 'em

FMS was out hit 13-9 by Cascade Friday night in Chapel Hill, but the Lady Rockets made several big defensive plays to take a 7-4 win over the Lady Champions.

In the top of the fourth, the Lady Rockets came up huge on defense as shortstop Brooke Paul threw out back-to-back Cascade runners at the plate on relay plays from the outfield.

Paul would go on to grab the third out on a pop fly behind third bases with the sacks full of Cascade runners.

"We had back-to-back plays at home and I am proud of the girls on the relay on that and the focus of our catcher," said Hooper. "They did a good job."

Both squads turned double plays in the fifth and Gillespie got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the sixth when she fielded a ball back to the circle for the third out.

Final run

FMS tallied their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Feller crossed home plate, making it a 7-1 contest.

Suddath drove home a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI triple and Cascade scored twice more in the inning before the game ended on a pop up to third base.

The Lady Rockets came up with nine hits in the contest with Gillespie leading the way with a 3-4 (RS, RBI) performance at the dish.

Yelensky went 2-2 with two runs scored and 3 RBIs, while Stacey also had two hits in the contest in four at bats and crossed home plate once.

Runk (1-3, RS) and Feller (1-2 2RS) had one hit apiece in the contest for FMS.

Play Day action

On Saturday at the Summertown Play Day, the Lady Rockets went 2-1 with wins over Summertown (3-0) and E.O. Coffman (5-2) before losing to the host Lady Eagles 9-7 in a shortened game.

Madison Curtis hurled a complete game versus E.O. Coffman in the 5-2 win, while Curtis also went 2-2 at the dish with two RBIs. Emma Stacey and Jasmine Runk had one hit apiece in the contest.

Kayla Gillespie shut out the Lady Eagles in four innings of work and had a big game at the plate, going 3-3 with three RBIs. Stacey (2-3, RS), Carson Warner (2-2, RBI), and Feller (2-2, RS) all had a good game in the batter's box.

In the shortened game that lasted just two and one-half innings, FMS suffered their first loss of the season as both squads pounded out nine hits in the game. Grace Thrasher (2-2, 3B, 2RS, 2RBIs) led the offensive attack for the Lady Rockets, while Morgan Hill (2-2, 2RBIs), Kayla Gillespie (2-3, RS),

Daelyn Dowers (1-2, RBI), Chloe Bruce (1-2, RS), Shasta Beaty (one hit, BB), and Kennedy Gillespie (BB, RS) provided the offensive punch in the setback.