Forrest run-rules Viqueens
The Forrest Lady Rockets, behind a complete game shutout by Sara Jordan and an 11-hit offensive attack run-ruled Community 10-0 in five innings on Wednesday at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, continuing their unbeaten streak to start the season.
"Unionville is much improved and I was pleased with our effort, everybody contributed," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "When we hit the ball, we usually do well and we hit it tonight."
Forrest (5-0, 3-0) has outscored their opponents 45-1 and recorded its fourth consecutive shutout in the circle.
"Sara did great tonight and everybody who we have put in to pitch this year has done a good job and it is great to have some choices," said Cheatham.
After a 1-2-3 first by Jordan in the circle, Katie Warrick walked with one out and Samantha King followed with an RBI double down the left field line to open the scoring.
Jordan stepped in the box and proceeded to hit a laser that went over the left field fence for her third home run of the season, giving the Lady Rockets a 3-0 lead.
Joslyn Kerigan singled to center, leading off the Community second and stole second base before Community hurler Dawn Clark walked.
Jordan whiffed Melinda Lamberth and FHS backstop Savannah Brothers nailed Kerigan, trying to steal third base to squelch the Viqueen threat.
"It was an awesome job by Jordan Yelensky, holding on to that throw from Brothers," said Cheatham. "She took a lick and got up smiling about it, she is one tough cookie."
Forrest left the bases loaded in the home half of the inning before the Lady Rockets pulled off another double play in the top of the third, stopping Community again.
Clark set down Forrest 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third, but the Viqueens wasted another scoring chance in the fourth when Brothers nailed Sara Pierce, trying to swipe third base.
In the home half of the inning, Forrest dialed up some small ball as Kelsie Darnell and Kiyoko Puca beat out consecutive bunt singles before Lainey Mays reached on an error to load the bases.
Jordan Yelensky made the Viqueens pay, roping a bases clearing triple into the left field gap, making it a 6-0 contest.
"The little girls loaded the bases there and another little girl cleared them all off," said Cheatham. "I love the small ball, I think it is the most exciting part of the game to me."
Community intentionally walked Warrick for the third straight time and Warrick rounded the first base bag and headed for second, sacrificing herself for the extra run, making it seven-zip.
Jordan kept her shutout intact in the top of the fifth and Liz Daughrity led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit.
Darnell sacrificed Daughrity to second and Puca followed with a slap hit, but Daughrity was caught, wandering off third base for the second out.
Mays and Yelensky banged consecutive singles to left field to load the bases and this time, Community elected not to walk Warrick and the Lady Rocket junior made them pay, lacing a line drive double to left field that scored Puca,
Mays and Yelensky, putting a cap on the run-rule win.
Puca (2-3, 2RS) and Yelensky (2-4, 2RS, 3RBIs) both had two hits in the contest for Forrest, while Mays (1-3, 2RS, BB), Warrick (1-1, RS, 3BB, 2RBIs), King (1-2, RS, RBI, BB), Jordan (1-3, HR, RS, 2RBIs), Brothers (1-3), Daughrity (1-3, RS) and Darnell (1-1, RS, Sac Bunt) all had one hit apiece for Forrest.