Lady Rockets earn 2nd place silver

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Forrest catcher Savannah Brothers (12) pounces out and guns down an Arlington runner. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets came within one strike of taking home first place in the Silver Division Saturday at the Sonic Tournament at Fly Park in Franklin, but it was not to be as longtime rival East Robertson pulled out a dramatic 7-6 win in the title game.

Forrest opened up the tournament with a pair of shutout wins over Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School and Ravenwood, highlighted by a grand-slam home run by Sara Jordan versus Hume Fogg.

Forrest 8, BA 1

On Saturday, the Lady Rockets finished off bracket play with a convincing 8-1 win over Brentwood Academy as Katie Warrick went the distance in the circle for the Lady Rockets.

Warrick gave up just three hits and struck out two in her five innings of work in the timed event to pick up the win.

Warrick also did heavy damage at the dish for Forrest, driving in three runs with a double and a sacrifice fly.

Piper Elmore (00) makes a circus catch in short right field for the Lady Rockets, who finished in second place in the Silver Division.

After a 1-2-3 first inning by Warrick, Jordan Yelensky drew a base on balls to lead off the home half of the inning.

Piper Elmore followed with a sac bunt and was safe at first on a bad throw.

Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Warrick delivered a two-run double to left field and Warrick trotted home on the play as the Lady Eagles could not get the ball in from the outfield.

Brentwood picked up an unearned run in the top of the third inning, but Forrest pushed across another run in the bottom of the frame when Yelensky led off with a double and was sacrificed to third base before Warrick sent her home via a sacrifice fly.

Warrick retired the side easily in the fourth before Forrest added four runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single by Elmore, plus a pair of RBI base knocks by Kelsie Darnell and Savannah Brothers, making it an 8-1 ballgame.

Brentwood could not push across a run in the fifth inning and time ran out with Forrest batting in the bottom of the inning.

Forrest 6, Dickson Co. 1

With the win over Brentwood Academy, the Lady Rockets earned a spot in the Gold Bracket, but had to beat a tough Class-AAA Dickson County squad to secure a spot for the rest of the tournament.

Katie Warrick (55) slings a pitch to the plate in the Lady Rockets' 8-1 victory over Brentwood Academy Saturday at Fly Park in Franklin.

Warrick went back to the circle for the Lady Rockets and was matched up against Lady Cougar ace Brooklin Lee.

Dickson County broke out on top in the bottom of the second inning as they sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame and scored five times with Becca Estes and McKray Odom banging RBI base hits, while Selena Crafton and Peyton Grove drove home a pair on back-to-back bases-loaded walks.

There was no scoring in the third inning, but in the top of the fourth inning, Warrick led off with a deep home run over the left-field fence, making it 5-1.

Samantha King followed with a base hit and Jordan walked before Lee retired the next three Forrest batters to end the game.

With the loss Forrest, moved to the Silver Division and took on Arlington in a win-or-go-home game.

The Lady Tigers put Forrest in an early 1-0 hole when they came up with an unearned run in the first inning and they held on to the one-run lead until the bottom of the second inning when the Lady Rockets scored two runs on a squeeze bunt RBI by Amanda Patterson and a run-scoring base knock by Yelensky.

Warrick mowed down Arlington in the top of the third before Patterson drove home two more runs in the bottom of the inning that saw Forrest take a commanding 6-1 lead.

Lainey Mays (77) scoops up a ground ball and throws to first for an out.

Arlington left two runners on base in the fourth and one more in the fifth before the game ended on a pair of ground ball outs.

The finals

With the win Forrest earned spot in the Silver Bracket final versus East Robertson.

The two squads have had monumental battles over the years, meeting five consecutive years in the Region 6-A Tournament from 2006 to 2010.

Four of those games were region title tilts with Forrest winning in 2006 and 2008, while the Lady Indians prevailed in 2007 and 2010.

Saturday night's game added more fuel to the rivalry, as the contest was spirited from the outset and remained tense throughout.

The Lady Rockets scored twice in the top of the first inning on one unearned run and an RBI base knock by King.

The Lady Indians came right back, taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair on Lady Rocket miscues and one on an RBI single by Lexie Young.

Tie game

Brothers led off the top of the third inning with a double to left field and Patterson reached on a bunt single before Yelensky moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt.

Elmore slashed a single to right field, tying the game at 3-3 and Warrick and King smashed back-to-back doubles to put Forrest up 6-3.

Jordan Yelensky (24) guns down a runner at the Sonic Tournament in Franklin.

East Robertson manufactured a run in the bottom of the third inning that was plated on an RBI fielder's choice by Deanna Phillips.

Forrest wasted a leadoff double by Liz Daughrity in the fourth inning when the frame ended on a controversial play at the plate.

Val Seay drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning and Gaby Zizzi followed with a bunt single, putting Lady Indians on the corners.

Big play

Zizzi stole second and the biggest play of the game took place when Austin Hudgins struck out and the ball was dropped by Brothers, who threw to first where the ball was dropped again, allowing Seay to score, making 6-5.

More controversy was to follow as Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham argued the call that the base was occupied and the runner could not take first, but the missed call stood.

Jordan got the second out and was one strike away from the victory when Katie Black delivered a base hit that tied the game and the winning run came across on a throwing error.