FMS girls win 2 over Community

Friday, April 4, 2014
Carson Warner (14) drills an RBI double in the second inning for FMS, who beat Community 8-1 in Chapel Hill Tuesday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets moved one win closer to the number one seed in the upcoming Big South Conference Tournament with a solid 8-1 win over Community Middle School, completing the season sweep over the Viqueens.

"It was good, we were a little slow, starting offensively, but we have been off for a week too and once we got going they made some runs happen," said FMS head coach Daniella Hooper. "Even though we didn't hit the ball, we were scrappy a few innings and that was good, putting pressure on the defense."

Great night

Madison Curtis was on her game in the circle at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill Tuesday night, surrendering one earned on five hits, while striking out six and walking two Community batters in the complete game victory.

After a scoreless first inning, the Viqueens tallied the game's first run when Karla Pena walked to lead off the top of the second and Lexie Cagle double to put runners on second and third before Anna Katherine Lemmons knocked Pena on a fielder's choice.

Curtis had seen enough as she retired the next three batters in order to squelch the Community threat.

The Lady Rockets, energized by the stoppage by Curtis and the defense, gave their pitcher a few runs to work with as they put up a three-spot in the home half of the inning.

Rally starts

FMS backstop Carson Warner started the rally with a double to center field before Brooke Paul belted a double to drive in Chloe Bruce, who came in as a courtesy runner for Warner.

Jasmine Runk laid down a perfect bunt, beating the throw to first base and a wild throw back to third went into left field, allowing Paul to scamper home with the go-ahead run.

Runk, who went to second on the play, wound up on third base on a sac fly to right by Rickee Gayle Carter.

Curtis supplied herself with an insurance run when she flied out to left, sending Bruce to the plate on the sacrifice fly RBI.

Community's Haley Smotherman smoked a ball to right field with one out in the top of the third, but was gunned down, leaning off the bag at second base before Curtis recorded the third out on an inning ending strikeout.

Madison Curtis (9) deals a pitch to the plate during her complete game victory over the Viqueens.

Bearing down

Both hurlers set down the opposing side in the following half innings of play before Forrest came up with an unearned run in the top of the fourth, making it 4-1.

Curtis had a little trouble with a one-out single by Kaitlin Leverette in the top of the fifth inning, but escaped once again with no damage done.

Curtis reached on a Viqueen error to led off the home half of the fifth and Mikayla Feller beat out a bunt, putting runners at first and second, but they both moved up a base moments later on a passed ball.

Kayla Gillespie followed with a fielder's choice RBI and after an out at third base was recorded on a ground ball, Grace Thrasher and Warner lashed back-to-back RBI singles, putting the Lady Rockets safely in front 7-1.

Smotherman reached on a Forrest error to lead off the top of the sixth, but Curtis induced three straight infield pop-ups to keep the score the same.

Final run

The Lady Rockets tacked on their final run of the contest on a Curtis RBI in the bottom of the sixth.

Community tried to rally in the seventh inning as Haley Bobo and Haley Reed banged back-to-back singles to lead off the frame and an error by FMS loaded the sacks with no outs.

A ground ball to Thrasher at third turned out to be a force play at home for the first out and the game ended in style as Runk grabbed a line drive and threw to Gillespie at second for the double play.

Warner had a perfect 3-3 night at the plate with an RBI, while Carter (2-3, RS) had two hits in the game.

Thrasher (1-3, RBI), Paul (1-3, RS, RBI) and Runk (1-3, 2RS) all had a single base knock in the game

Curtis scored one run and drove in two and Bruce scored two runs.