King of the Hill
Forrest standout hits winner vs. Moore Co.
Respect comes in many ways.
For Forrest's Samantha King, it means batting behind Katie Warrick, who is walked frequently by other teams that are just downright scared, or very smart.
So far this season, King has delivered in the clutch and Monday in Chapel Hill, the sophomore first-sacker did it again, knocking in Kiyoko Puca in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a 2-1 win over Moore County.
A little mad'
"It makes me a little upset because it makes me feel like they think I'm not good, but I know I am," said King.
"Actually, it makes me a little mad."
Warrick was still a key player in the contest, tossing a complete game in the circle for Forrest, who moved to 6-0 on the season.
"I was just trying not to give them anything good to hit," said Warrick.
"I tried to mix it up a little bit and try a little off speed."
Warrick scattered seven hits in the contest, while striking out eight and walking zero Moore County batters.
"If it hadn't been for my defense they would have scored more, so I was really proud of them," said Warrick.
"We have been waiting for this all week and we knew it was going to be a good game, so we just had to have the confidence to make good plays, have good attitudes and come away with a win."
Moore County's Kasey Harvey turned in a solid performance in the circle as well, giving up six hits, all singles.
Harvey struck out two and walked two Lady Rockets' hitters and was a key ingredient in the Raiderettes lone run scored.
Harvey led off the top of the second with a base hit up the middle off Warrick and was taken out for courtesy runner Haley Pamarico.
Warrick struck out the next batter before Pamarico went to second on a groundout.
Pamarico stole third and scored on a Warrick wild pitch on a 3-2 count, making it 1-0.
Moore County threatened again in the fourth inning, getting runners on second and third with two outs when Forrest second baseman Piper Elmore fielded a hot shot off the bat of Bri Williams and threw to first to end the inning.
"We played solid defense tonight and I think kept us in this game until we scored some runs," said Forrest coach Becky Cheatham.
In the bottom of the inning, Warrick singled to center and Rickee Gayle Carter came in as a courtesy runner for the pitcher.
Carter swiped second base on a 3-0 count and tagged up and went to third on a fly ball to right field by King.
Cater raced home on an RBI ground ball to shortstop by Savannah Brothers, tying the game at 1-1.
Both pitchers settled in and the game went to extra innings when Emily Powell belted a one-out single in the top of the eighth, but consecutive groundball outs ended the inning.
Harvey looked like she was sailing along in the home half of the inning, getting the first two outs before Puca ripped a base hit to right field.
The Moore County right fielder, with no chance of getting Puca out at first base, unwisely threw the ball away and Puca zipped to second.
Harvey walked Warrick, setting up King, who drilled a Harvey fastball up the middle and Puca scored from second standing up, ending the quality early season contest.
"I was nervous, I didn't want to screw it up, but I was confident I would do it," said King.
Jordan Yelensky, Amanda Patterson, and Piper Elmore had the other three hits for Forrest.
"I tell them all the time, when we have runners in scoring position, it's time to get them in," said Forrest coach Becky Cheatham.
"It was nice to see Kiyoko get on with two outs and it was great to see Sam bring her home."
"The game had me a little on edge there, but I'm glad to see them handle that challenge and pull it out."
The Lady Rockets have a make-up game today at home versus Community and tomorrow versus Eagleville before embarking for their yearly Panama City Beach trip during spring break where they will take on Mosley, DeFuniak Springs, and Rutherford.