Lady Rockets overpower foes in quick start

Friday, March 20, 2015
Forrest senior Savannah Brothers (12), seen here in a game at Fayetteville last week, had a four-hit game for Forrest versus Independence on Monday. Tribune file photo by Anthony S. Puca

Big bats, solid pitching, and great defense usually turns in to wins on the softball diamond.

The Forrest Lady Rockets have all three, plus a deep bench that has translated in to a 3-0 start for Becky Cheatham's squad.

Forrest opened the season with a 13-0 win at Fayetteville last week before winning 11-2 at Independence on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Lady Rockets blasted Middle Tennessee Christian School 13-0 in five innings in their home opener at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill.

Forrest 11, Independence 0

Savannah Brothers and Samantha King had four hits apiece for Forrest in a huge 18-hit attack at Independence, while Katie Warrick gave up a pair of second innings runs in the circle before blanking the Lady Eagles the rest of the game.

Forrest scored two runs in the second inning, one in the third and four more in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Kiyoko Puca put up her second consecutive three-hit game and scored two runs.

Jordan Yelensky, who drove home a run and scored two more, also had three hits in four at bats and walked once in the contest.

Briar Mays, Piper Elmore (2 RBIs), Amanda Patterson (2 RBIs), and Kelsie Darnell all had one hit for Forrest, who also ran wild on the bases in the small ball attack, stealing 13 bases on the Lady Eagles.

Yelensky swiped three bases, while Puca, Warrick, and Darnell stole two, and King, Brothers, Elmore, and Patterson had one apiece.

Forrest 13, MTCS 0

Forrest returned to the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill on Tuesday for the first time since its big sectional game win versus Richland last season and the Lady Rockets were fired up for the big home crowd.

Forrest posted a three run first inning and two more runs in the second inning, while continuing the small ball attack versus the Lady Cougars, stealing 14 more bases in the run-rule win.

Cheatham went to the reserves in the third inning and they did not let up, scoring six runs in the frame.

Two runs in the fourth inning made it 13-0 and King sealed the deal in the circle for the Lady Rockets.

Warrick started the game and picked up the win and slammed her second home run of the season.

Briar Mays went 2-2 with two runs scored and stole five bases in the contest.

Puca had one hit in two bats and stole four bases and scored once.

Lainey Mays, Emma Stacey, and Micayla Feller all had two hits, while Elmore and Jasmine Runk had one hit apiece.