Lady Rockets ice Lady Cougars after slow warmup

Friday, March 7, 2014
Grace Thrasher (22) raises her arms in triumph after belting the game-tying two-run double in the third inning for the Lady Rockets, who run-ruled E.A. Cox 15-5 on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets took a little while to thaw out from the frigid temperatures during Wednesday night's make-up game versus E.A. Cox before lighting their jets for a big 15-5 run-rule win.

FMS (5-1) fell behind 2-0 in the contest on back-to-back RBI hits by Mattie Shelton and Natashia Easterling in the top of the second inning.

The Lady Rockets got a run back in the home half of the inning when Carson Warner drilled a leadoff double and her courtesy runner, Jordan Yelensky, went to second on a passed ball before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Grace Thrasher.

The Lady Cougars added two runs to their tally sheet in the top of the third via a two-run base knock by Kara Estes, making it a 4-1 ballgame.

Comeback starts

FMS went to work in the bottom of the when Emma Stacey reached on a one-out slap hit and Kayla Gillespie followed with a hard single to left field.

After an FMS strikeout, Warner reached on an outfield error that allowed Stacey to cross home plate, making it a 4-2 ballgame.

Thrasher stepped in and laced a two-run double into the left-field corner, tying the game at 4-4 as she stood on third base after an error on the throw home.

Morgan Hill hit a hot shot to first base that was mishandled and Thrasher scooted home with the go-ahead run.

Two-run lead

Madison Curtis (9) picked up the complete game win in the circle for FMS and had two hits and two runs scored, plus two stolen bases.

Madison Curtis drove home Hill two batters later, making it 6-4 with E.A. Cox coming up to bat in the top of the fourth.

The Lady Cougars hung tough, cutting the FMS lead to a single run on an RBI base hit by Leila Bennett.

FMS remained hot at the dish, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning with two outs as Jasmine Runk tripled and scored on a Warner hit and Yelensky, once again running for Warner, touched the dish on an RBI double by Thrasher.

Hill knocked in Thrasher with a solid shot to left field, putting the hometown girls up 9-5.

Double play

Curtis gave up a one-out single to Sierra Jacoby in the top of the fifth, but Jacoby was erased on a nice 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.

The bottom of the fifth began with a walk to Curtis, who proceeded to steal second and third base.

Micayla Feller drew a base on balls and stole second before Curtis scored on a wild pitch, sending Feller to third.

Stacey walked and stole second, and on the next pitch, Feller stole home, making it an 11-5 ballgame.

Stacey went to third on the play and came home on a Hill fielder's choice RBI.

Huge lead

Runk reached on an error before Warner walked and Yelensky came in to run for the FMS backstop.

Runk and Yelensky would trot home on passed balls and the inning ended with the Lady Rockets leading 14-5.

Curtis struck out three in the top of the sixth and Curtis led off the home half of the inning with a single to right field, before swiping second and third base.

Stacey put the game on ice when she knocked in Curtis with a slap hit.

Strong performance

Curtis went the distance in the circle for FMS, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits, while striking out eight Lady Cougars and walking two.

Curtis also had a big day at the plate, going 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bases.

Thrasher did the most damage at the dish for the Lady Rockets, putting up a 2-2 night with a walk, a sacrifice fly, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Micayla Feller (10) gets a slap hit in the in the bottom of the third inning.

Warner (2-3, RBI, BB), Yelensky (4RS), Feller (2-3, BB, RS), Stacey (2-4, 2RS, BB, RBI), Hill (1-3, RS, RBI), Runk (1-4), Kayla Gillespie (1-3, RS, RBI) and Rickee Gayle Carter (1-2, 2RS, SB) rounded out the Forrest offense.