Lady Rockets blast Fayetteville
After a season opening 6-1 win at Independence on Monday, the Forrest Lady Rockets returned to the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill on Tuesday and made it two wins in a row to start the season via a 13-0 five-inning run-rule win over Fayetteville.
"Last night we pounded the ball and I was so pleased with our hitting and can't say enough positive things," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "Tonight, we struggled a little bit with the change of speeds and it took us a while to adjust, but we made the adjustments and are still pleased with overall effort."
Katie Warrick pitched three innings of no-hit ball and led the explosive Forrest offense with a perfect 3-3 performance at the plate, including a pair of doubles and four RBIs.
Lainey Mays came on for Warrick in the fourth inning and finished off the no-no in the circle for Forrest.
After Warrick set down the Lady Tigers 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, Forrest went to work in the
home half of the frame, scoring four runs on a Warrick RBI single and a three-run error on a ball hit to center field by Savannah Brothers.
Warrick let one base runner reach first on a one-out fielding error in the second inning before retiring the next two batters to end the stanza.
Up by 8
The Lady Rockets made it an eight-zip contest in the bottom of the second via a Jordan Yelensky sacrifice fly, a Warrick two-bagger, and a two-run home run by Sara Jordan.
Warrick retired the side in order in the third and Forrest put the game way out of reach, scoring five runs in the home half of the inning with Warrick driving home two more runs with a double, while Samantha
King knocked home a run with a double and three additional runs crossed the plate on a Fayetteville error and two wild pitches.
Taylor Bryan reached on an error to lead off the fourth inning for Fayetteville before Mays got a groundout to second and followed with two consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.
Forrest did not score in the bottom of the inning and Mays finished off the no-hitter in the top of the fifth.
Jordan went 1-2 with a homerun, a base on balls, scored once and drove home two runs in the contest, while Liz Daughrity (2-2, 2RS, 2B, BB), King (1-3, RS, RBI), Yelensky (1-2, sac fly, RS), Kelsie Darnell (1-1, 2RS, BB, SB), and Amanda Patterson (3RS) rounded out the Forrest offense.