Forrest sweeps district
Dominance continues in 9-A
For the second consecutive season, Forrest finished behind Moore County in second place in the regular season District 9-A standings, but just like last year, the Lady Rockets came storming back when it really counted in the district tournament, sweeping the Raiderettes on their home turf with the final blow coming via a 9-3 win Wednesday night in Lynchburg.
"We questioned their heart early and they proved that they did have the heart and I am just so excited for them to come to the realization that they can do it if they work together as a team, and we could not ask for any more out of any of them, they all came through as a team," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham.
With the win, the Lady Rockets will host the runner-up from District 10-A Tournament Monday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill in the Region 5-A opener.
"We have to go home and get ready for that," said Cheatham. "It's hard to enjoy your success, because you have to start thinking about what is next."
There was no scoring through the first three and a half innings before the Lady Rockets busted the stalemate with a pair of unearned runs on a two-out error by Moore County, who committed an uncharacteristic eight miscues in the contest.
On the other side of the ledger, Forrest played unblemished on defense.
"The team did a great job defensively tonight, I believe that was the first game where we did not have an error," said Cheatham. "I have always thought we were the better team, we just hadn't shown it to this point."
Forrest's Katie Warrick, who was later named the D9-A Offensive MVP, picked up her second consecutive win over Moore County, tossing the entire seven innings.
Warrick surrendered three earned runs on six hits, while striking four and walking a lone Raiderette batter in the contest.
A Warrick nasty changeup for a strikeout ended the top of the fourth inning and in the bottom of the frame, Lainey Mays led off with an infield single and came around to score on an RBI gapper by Savannah Brothers, making it a three-zip ballgame.
Moore County mounted a comeback in the top of the fifth inning as they banged out four base hits in the frame, including an RBI single by Emily Parks and a two-run base knock by Kasey Harvey.
Lady Rocket rally
Forrest did not wait long to take back the momentum, rallying in the bottom of the inning as Sara Jordan, who went 4-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the title tilt, banged a two-out single up the gut.
Liz "The Eraser" Daughrity followed with an RBI double and wound up on third on a Moore County outfield bobble.
Mays made it a 5-3 contest with a base hit to left field and after a walk to Savannah Brothers, Mays danced home on another Raiderette boo-boo.
Mays was spectacular defensively in the top of the sixth, vacuuming up a pair of hot shots at shortstop for the first two outs of a 1-2-3 inning for Warrick.
In the bottom of the sixth, the fat lady began to warm up as Jordan went deep with a two-run bomb and Brothers drilled an RBI double, giving Warrick a six-run cushion.
The big righty closed the door on the Raiderettes with two ground ball outs and a game-ending line drive to Mays at short.
Daughrity (2-4, RBI, 2RS), Mays (2-4, 2RS, RBI), and Brothers (2-3, 2RBIs, BB) all had a pair of hits for Forrest.
Warrick, Jordan, Daughrity, and Brothers were all named to the All-District 9-A team, while King, Mays, and Jordan Yelensky received Honorable Mention spots.