Lady Rockets go long in Unionville

Friday, April 11, 2014
Katie Warrick (55) picked up the win in the circle for Forrest and socked a grand slam in the Lady Rockets' 15-1 win at Community Thursday night. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

On Thursday night in Unionville, the Forrest Lady Rockets let Community stay in the game for four innings before bashing the Viqueens 15-1 in five innings.

It was the 30th win in a row for Forrest (11-3, 7-2) over Community (11-9, 3-5) and it came via a sonic boom as Forrest socked four homeruns in the game, including fifth inning grand slams by Katie Warrick and Liz "The Eraser" Daughrity.

Double delight

"I just kept hoping, just keep on and surely something is going to open up in a little while and they sure did," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham. "Wow, when have we ever had two grand slams in ballgame."

Samantha King belted a three-run shot in the first inning and Jordan Yelensky, who went 4-5 with four runs scored and two RBIs in the game went deep with a two-run dinger in the 11-run fifth inning.

Warrick, who was intentionally walked her first three times up at bat before belting the fifth inning grand salami, picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Rockets, tossing four innings of two-hit ball.

"Katie had a good night and I was happy for her, because I know this is tough," said Cheatham. "What a better way for her to come up with the bases loaded after they have been walking her, walking her, walking her and then it went, over the fence."

Great performance

Warrick, a former middle school Viqueen, gave up a first inning RBI double to Kerigan Joslyn before shutting down the Viqueens the rest of the way as the Lady Rocket junior standout retired nine out of the next 10 Community batters she faced in the conquest.

Samantha King (16) looks up to see the ball exiting the Unionville ballpark over the center field fence in the first inning.

For the second game in a row, Lainey Mays came to the circle in the last inning and dominated, setting the Viqueens down 1-2-3 to end the ballgame.

Yelensky led off the game with a double to left and was sacrificed to second by Kiyoko Puca before Warrick was intentionally walked.

King made Community starting pitcher Dawn Clark pay, smashing the next pitch deep over the center field fence, giving Forrest a 3-0 lead.

Kiyoko Puca (14), batting in the two-hole, set the table all night for the Lady Rockets as the junior center fielder laid down three sacrifice bunts and had an RBI single in the 11-run fifth inning that did the Viqueens in.

"That was big, Samantha picking her teammate up there," said Cheatham. "And it gets them (Community) down mentally, because walking Katie didn't work."

Action picks up

Joslyn's RBI in the home half of the first was the last scoring by either team until the top of the fourth when Yelensky singled and Puca moved her again.

Jordan Yelensky, who went 4-5 with four runs scored, also belted her team leading fourth homerun of the year Thursday night.

Warrick took her second free pass of the contest and a Community infield error put Lady Rockets on every sack.

Savannah Brothers drew an RBI walk, making it 4-1, but Clark retired the next two FHS batters, escaping any deeper damage.

Warrick mowed the Viqueens down in the bottom of the fourth, and in the top of the fifth, Forrest captured the remainder of the spoils from their Unionville invasion, sending 14 batters to the dish in the back-breaking 11-run inning that deflated Community.

From left are Samantha King (three-run homer), Liz Daughrity (Grand Slam), Jordan Yelensky (two-run homer) and Katie Warrick (Grand Slam). All four belted homeruns for the Lady Rockets in Thursday night's 15-1 win over Community. (Photo submitted)

Hit list

Puca (1-2, RS, RBI, 3 sac bunts), Warrick (1-1, RS, 4RBIs, 3 intentional walks, HR), King (1-4, RS, 4RBIs, HR), Mays (1-3, BB, RS), Daughrity (1-3, BB, 4RBIs, HR), and Kelsie Darnell (1-4, 2RS) all had one hit apiece for the Lady Rockets in the contest.

"We've had a good week," said Cheatham. "But, we need to improve Friday and Saturday and come out on the other side, a better team."