FMS girls too much for L'burg

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Lewisburg's Lexi Cashion slides safely into third while advancing a base on a groundout by Taylor Walls in the bottom of the first inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (8-2) had their six-game winning streak snapped on Thursday afternoon when they dropped an 11-4 decision to county rival Forrest Middle School at home.

FMS (13-1) took control of the contest early and built an 8-1 lead through the first two and a half innings of play. Lewisburg rallied to narrow the gap to 8-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Lady Rockets stemmed the Tigerettes' momentum by tallying three runs over the final two frames to defeat LMS for the second time this season.

Bolstered by a six-run second inning, Forrest finished with nine hits and two walks against Lewisburg starting pitcher Brooklin Conger. The Tigerette defense also did Conger no favors, as they committed six errors, which contributed to seven of the Lady Rockets' 11 runs.

Team leaders

Carson Warner (2 RBI) and Grace Thrasher notched two hits apiece to lead Forrest at the plate, while starting pitcher Kayla Gillespie (2 RBI), Jasmine Runk (1 RBI), Micayla Feller (1 RBI), Brooke Paul, and Madison Curtis each had one hit.

Forrest starting hurler Kayla Gillespie delivers a pitch to home plate in the bottom of the first inning.

Gillespie also went the distance in the circle to earn the victory and allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk to go along with four strikeouts.

Sydne Solomon (1 RBI) and Taylor Walls both tallied two hits apiece to pace the Tigerettes offensively with Solomon belting a homerun. Courtney Edde (1 RBI), Alli Hobbs, and Kathryn Donahue each had one hit for Lewisburg as well.

Forrest strikes first

Both teams left runners in scoring position in the first inning before Forrest got things rolling in the top of the second by pushing across six runs in the frame with the help of a leadoff single by Paul, a Carter walk, a bunt single by Curtis, a Feller RBI walk, a RBI fielder's choice by Gillespie, two LMS errors, and a pair of RBI singles from Warner and Runk to take a 6-0 lead.

Lewisburg trimmed the deficit to 6-1 in the bottom of the second when Hobbs scored on a RBI single by Edde after leading off the inning with a single and advancing to second on a Sheppard sacrifice bunt.

FMS quickly counterpunched and plated two runs in the top of the third on an error, a bunt single by Feller, and a RBI single by Gillespie to forge an 8-1 advantage.

Can't catch up

The Tigerettes tried to claw their way back into the game and scratched out two runs in the bottom of the third thanks to a Walls single, a single by Solomon, a Conger RBI groundout, and an error to cut the deficit to 8-3.

Solomon then cranked a solo homerun over the left centerfield fence in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 8-4, but the Lady Rockets tallied a run in the top of the sixth on a RBI double by Warner to stretch their lead to 9-4.

Forrest then tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh with the aid of three LMS errors to cap their 11-4 victory.