Summertown rallies past FMS Lady Rockets

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Forrest's Kennedy Gillespie, shown here against E.O. Coffman, tallied one of the Lady Rockets' four hits against Summertown. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Summertown (3-0) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday night, as the Lady Eagles rallied from a late three-run deficit to defeat the Forrest Middle School Lady Rockets 5-3 in five innings.

Forrest (0-2) held a 3-0 lead through the first four innings of play, but Summertown came storming back in the top of the fifth and pushed across five runs in the frame to seize a 5-3 advantage.

The Lady Eagles then snuffed out a Lady Rocket scoring threat in the bottom of the fifth before the game was called due to time constraints.

On the mound

FMS reliever Caroline Warner suffered the loss and allowed four runs over one-third of an inning on four walks. Forrest starting pitcher Kayla Gillespie had to settle for the no decision after allowing only one run in four and two-third innings of work to go along with seven strikeouts.

Anisten Burleson delivered the biggest blow of the game for Summertown when she belted a three-run triple in the top of the fifth inning. Anna Kate Coulter also added a double and a RBI for the Lady Eagles, while Brooklyn Gabel and Hailey Jones both singled.

The Lady Rockets struggled offensively for the second straight game and finished with four hits and three walks against two Summertown pitchers. Ally Blanton led Forrest at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Anna Blanton and Kennedy Gillespie each notched a hit for FMS as well.

Offense slows

"It was like our first game. We scored some runs early and didn't do anything offensively the rest of the game," said FMS coach Donald Jean.

Relief pitcher Kaley Campbell picked up the victory in the circle for the Lady Eagles and allowed one hit and one walk in two scoreless innings of work.

Similar to their previous game against E.O. Coffman, the Lady Rockets jumped out to an early lead by pushing across three runs in the bottom of the second inning to forge a 3-0 advantage.

Zoe Long reached first base on an error to start the inning before stealing second and advancing to third on a Lauren Gillespie sacrifice bunt. After Warner drew a walk and stole second, Long scored on a Summertown error to make it 1-0 while Anna Blanton reached second base on the play. Ally Blanton then ripped a two-run double down the left field line to drive in Warner and Anna Blanton.

Late game action

Summertown left runners in scoring position in each of the next two frames before Kayla Gillespie was pulled from the game at the end of the fourth inning.

In the top of the fifth, Katelyn Potts, Mary Staggs, and Gabel each drew walks to load the bases with one out before Potts scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-1. After the Lady Eagles reloaded the bases on a walk by Campbell, Kayla Gillespie returned to the circle for Forrest, but Burleson roped a three-run triple into the right centerfield gap to give Summertown a 4-3 lead. Burleson then scored on a FMS error a few moments later to stake the Lady Eagles a 5-3 lead.

The Lady Rockets tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the fifth and put a runner at third with two outs thanks to an infield single by Kennedy Gillespie and a Summertown throwing error. Sydney Hill then came up and hit a line drive to right field, but Staggs made a nice running catch to secure the win for the Lady Eagles.