Lady Rockets clip Eagleville
The Forrest Lady Rockets picked up their 10th win of the season Wednesday night in Eagleville, coming away with a hard fought 6-3 victory over the much improved Lady Eagles.
Forrest (10-3, 6-2) had 10 hits in the contest, while Eagleville managed just four hits off winning pitcher Sara Jordan, who had to leave the game in the bottom of the fifth after being struck by a hot shot back to the circle.
Lainey Mays picked up her teammate, coming to the circle with two on and one out and Mays shut the door tight the remainder of the contest, allowing zero hits, while striking out four out of the nine batters she faced the remainder of the contest.
Jordan, who was bruised but not battered, gave up just one earned run on four hits, while striking out four and walking two Eagleville batters.
The Lady Rockets struck first, scoring two runs in the first inning as Jordan Yelensky led off the contest, drawing a 3-2 walk before Kelsie Darnell reached on an Eagleville error.
Katie Warrick made the Lady Eagles pay, drilling a two-run single to left field.
Jordan gave up a leadoff single to Teresa Posada in the bottom of the first, but three consecutive ground ball outs ended the inning.
Up by 3
Kiyoko Puca beat out a bunt with one out in the top of the second and circled the bases on a Yelensky rope RBI double into the left-field corner, making it a three-zip contest.
Singles by Brianna
Worley and KK Batey, plus a sacrifice fly RBI by Eagleville hurler Hannah Brown got the Lady Eagles on the board in the home half of the second.
There was no scoring in the third inning, but in the top of the fourth, Forrest put some distance between themselves and Eagleville, scoring three runs.
Liz Daughrity led it all off with a base hit and Jasmine Runk came on to run for the Forrest first-sacker.
Puca sacrificed Runk to second and Yelensky reached on a check swing bunt single, putting Lady Rockets on the corners.
Yelensky stole second before Amanda Patterson laid down a perfect squeeze bunt RBI, making it 4-1.
Yelensky crossed the plate next on a Warrick fielder's choice RBI and Patterson touched the dish moments later on an Eagleville infield miscue.
Jordan set down Eagleville 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and the Lady Rockets did not score in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, a leadoff walk to Brown and two infield errors by the Lady Rockets put Eagleville runners on every base before Jordan was hit with the hot shot in the circle that scored a run.
Mays came on and a second runner scored on a passed ball before a grounder back to Mays and a strikeout via a nasty changeup ended the threat.
Saving the game
The Lady Rockets would not score again, but they did not have to as Mays had little trouble the rest of the way, finishing off the game to pick up the save.
Yelensky (2-4, 2RS, BB, 2B) and Warrick (2-3, 3RBIs) had two hits apiece for the Lady Rockets, while Samantha King (1-4), Savannah Brothers (1-4), Mays (1-4), Daughrity (1-2), Puca (1-2, RS, Sac Bunt) and Patterson (1-2, RS, RBI) all had one base knock