Lady Rockets bash Spring Hill
The Forrest Lady Rockets brought out the big lumber Thursday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, blasting Spring Hill 12-0 in five innings.
"I think that is probably the best we ever played as a team, hitting-wise, right down the line, we had no errors, just an outstanding effort by the team," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "Spring Hill is no slouch; we knew they had beaten Franklin the other night pretty big and we came in with the right mindset, so I am pleased with that. After the game we told them to hold onto that excellence and now strive for perfection."
Forrest banged out 15 hits in the contest, including Sara Jordan's second homerun in three games and the first career homerun by sophomore Amanda Patterson.
Jordan also picked up the win the circle, tossing a complete game shutout, while giving up four hits, striking out five and walking zero Lady Raiders' batters.
The Lady Rockets delivered an early fatal blow to Spring Hill, scoring seven first-inning runs as they sent 12 batters to the plate in the frame.
Eighth-grader Jordan Yelensky started the rally with a one-out single before Katie Warrick drilled a shot that got by the center fielder, allowing Yelensky to trot home.
Samantha King knocked in Warrick to make it 2-0 and Jordan followed with an infield single and Patterson came in to run for Jordan.
Savannah Brothers hit a laser into the right field gap, sending both runners home and Liz "The Eraser" Daughrity knocked in Brothers with an RBI base knock.
Kelsie Darnell followed with a base on balls and Kiyoko Puca beat out an infield hit before Spring Hill got a force out at home for the second out.
Yelensky came through with a two-out, two-run single that scored Darnell and Puca, making it a 7-0 contest.
Jordan gave up a one-out double to Katie Brock in the top of the second inning, but retired the next two batters, squelching the threat.
With one down in the home half of the inning, Jordan bashed a towering shot over the left field fence, putting FHS in front 8-0.
Spring Hill went down 1-2-3 in the third and in the bottom of the inning, the Lady Rockets kicked in their small-ball game as Darnell led off with a bunt single and was sacrificed to second by Puca before Lainey Mays came up with a base hit and took second easily, putting Forrest runners on second and third.
Yelensky knocked in Darnell with a sacrifice fly and Warrick followed with an RBI base hit to right field, making it a 10-run contest.
Shelby Secrest led off the top of the fourth with a double for Spring Hill, but Jordan erased her at third on a grounder back to the circle.
Puca grabbed a fly ball to center field for out number two and Jordan whiffed the next batter to end the inning.
Brothers led off the home half of the inning with a base hit to center before Patterson socked the third pitch thrown to her over the left field fence, sending the Chapel Hill crowd into a frenzy as Patterson rounded the bases and was mobbed at home plate by her teammates.
"I am so happy for her (Patterson) to be able to come in and do that," said Cheatham "We knew she was capable and it is just a huge confidence builder for her and I expect it to just keep going up from there."
Ellissa Secrest banged a one-out double in the top of the fifth for the Lady Raiders and Krystin King followed with a base hit.
Jordan struck out the next Spring Hill batter before the game ended when Darnell gobbled up a line drive to right field and fired to Patterson, who scooped the throw out of the dirt at first base for the final out.
Jordan (2-3, HR, RS, RBI), Warrick (2-3, RS, RBI), Brothers (2-3, two doubles, 2RS, 2RBIs), Puca (2-2, sac bunt, RS), and Yelensky (2-4, sac fly, 3RBIs, RS) all had two hits in the contest.
Mays (1-4, RS), King (1-3, RS, RBI), Patterson (1-1, HR, 2RS, 2RBIs), Daughrity (1-2, RS, RBI), and Darnell (1-2, BB, 2RS) all had a single base knock apiece to round out the Forrest offensive attack.
The Lady Rockets (3-0, 1-0) travel to Fayetteville on Monday, host Community on Wednesday and travel to Moore County on Thursday before embarking on their Florida trip where they will play four games in Panama City.