Lady Rockets dominate Cascade again
The Forrest Lady Rockets continued their longtime dominance over Cascade on the softball diamond, beating the Lady Champions 7-1 Wednesday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill for their 40th win in 41 tries over the Wartrace girls, dating back to 2002.
Forrest had a little bit of early rust as they gave up an unearned run in the first inning before exploding at the plate in the bottom of the frame when Forrest starting hurler Katie Warrick and Samantha King belted two-out, back-to-back home runs.
Back to business
"I am pleased; I was a little worried that after a couple of days off we would come in and lay an egg, but they got down to business and I was pleased with their effort and thought we did very well," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham.
Warrick, who tossed six and one-third innings, gave up just four hits, struck out three and hit one Cascade batter before Lainey Mays closed out the win in the seventh inning.
"Katie did very well tonight for us," said Cheatham. "And Lainey comes in and throws strong, we are happy to see that and happy to get her some experience, because we may need that down the road. Now we just have to continue to move forward."
Warrick also led the Forrest offensive attack, going 3-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
'Eraser' takes off
Cascade went down 1-2-3 in the top of the second, and in the home half of the inning, Liz "The Eraser" Daughrity crushed a two-run shot and Warrick added an RBI single, stretching the Lady Rockets' lead to 5-1.
Warrick dominated the third inning and fourth innings with six straight outs before Forrest produced a run in the bottom of the inning as Jordan Yelensky reached on a leadoff error by Cascade and came home two batters later on a King base hit to center field.
Warrick drilled Sarah Edmondson to lead off the fifth inning and after a pop-up back to Warrick for the first out, Sarah Beth Thomas and Bailey and Bailey Sudduth slashed back-to-back singles, loading the bases.
Katelyn Jarrell stepped up for Cascade with a chance to do some damage, but drilled a ground ball to Yelensky at third base, who fired to home for the force out and Forrest catcher Savannah Brothers completed the inning-ending double play with a shot to first base.
Cascade starting pitcher Summer Carter set down the Lady Rockets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, and in the top of the sixth, Forrest turned another inning-ending double-bubble to maintain their 6-1 lead.
Forrest tacked on a small-ball run in the bottom of the frame when Yelensky singled with one out and was sacrificed to second by Kiyoko Puca before Warrick knocked Yelensky in with Forrest's final run of the game.
After Warrick struck out Shea Fordham to begin the seventh inning, Cheatham went to her closer in Mays, who fielded a grounder back to the circle for the second out and the game ended on a Mays strikeout, via a nasty change-up.
Yelensky (2-4, 2RS) and King (2-3, RS, BB, RBI, HR) had two hits apiece in the contest, while Sara Jordan
(1-3), Mays (1-3, RS), Daughrity (1-2, RS, 2RBIs, HR) and Kelsie Darnell (1-3, RS) all had one base knock each.