Senior night sweet for Lady Rockets
There is no better way to honor your seniors than playing your best on their night in the spotlight.
That is what the Forrest Lady Rockets accomplished on Tuesday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, sweeping Fayetteville and Huntland in a double header.
Forrest banged out 33 hits in the two run-rule wins, pounding Fayetteville 12-2 before completely demolishing Huntland 15-0 in the nightcap.
Briar Mays and Savannah Brothers, along with five-year seniors Katie Warrick and Kiyoko Puca, played huge roles in the two blowout victories that moved Forrest one step closer to another District 9-A regular season title.
"It was a bitter sweet moment," said Warrick. "It feels pretty great, me and Kiyoko have been around five years now and we finished it on the field tonight."
The four seniors combined for 15 hits in the double header with Mays leading the way, going a perfect 6-6 with three runs scored, seven stolen bases and two RBIs.
"It was the icing on the cake, it was really exciting to have such a good senior night, these were two great wins," said Briar Mays. "Especially that second one because we just kept that momentum going which will lead us into tomorrow with our double header with Eagleville and I think they will be even tougher."
Warrick had three hits in the double-bubble and in game two, the UT Martin signee picked up the complete game win in the circle for Forrest, while slamming her 47th career homerun in the senior night finale.
Brothers was solid behind the dish and went 3-6 at the dish with an RBI.
Puca had two hits, three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI, while leading the rambunctious, focused Rocket train, whose engine was the fire lit dugout exaltations, present the entire evening for the Lady Rockets.
Forrest jumped on Fayetteville with four small ball runs in the second inning and five more in the third, putting the Lady Tigers away early.
"Like I said before, it's been an honor to play behind Katie, it is a bittersweet feeling," said Puca. "We were pretty level headed tonight, Fayetteville thought we had a big head, but Ricky (Stinnett) and Mrs. Cheatham set us down to level it real quick, so we come when we came out, we came out hard and our enthusiasm was outstanding tonight."
Lainey Mays started the game in the circle for Forrest and was masterful, allowing just one hit in her five innings of work before eighth-grader Kayla Gillespie came on in the sixth to finish the job.
Lainey Mays had a huge game at the plate, banging out three hits in four at bats and junior Kelsie Darnell went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Amanda Patterson also had a big game for Forrest, going 2-for-4 with three runs driven home.
The Lady Rockets wasted little time versus Huntland, needing just three innings to seal their 20th win of the season.
"It was the icing on the cake, it was really exciting to have such a good senior night, these were two great wins," said Briar Mays. "Especially that second one because we just kept that momentum going which will lead us into tomorrow with our double header with Eagleville tomorrow."
Forrest stung the upstart Lady Hornets with a five-run first inning, followed by a big seven-run second inning before making it a short night, scoring three runs in the third inning.
"When we went over to Huntland the last time, they expected us to hit too and we didn't really hit as much over there, but tonight they didn't expect our small ball game and we gave it to them and they didn't have a comeback at all," said Puca.
Warrick went the distance in the circle, giving up two hits, while striking out three and walking zero Huntland batters.
"My goal every inning is not to get a runner on," said Warrick. "I have to have that mentality that we can get three outs because my defense is always behind me."
Samantha King went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, including a homerun, while Darnell also put up a perfect 3-for-3 game with one run scored and an RBI.
"This is exciting, we just want to just keep winning, we want that trophy and we want it bad," said Briar Mays.
Fayetteville 000200--2 4 3
Forrest 045012---12 18 2
Fayetteville: Riley Fleming 1-for-2, Kevondria Carr 1-for-2, Charity Stephens 1-for-2, Kassidy Noel 1-for-2.
Forrest: Briar Mays 4-for-4, Lainey Mays 3-for-4, Savannah Brothers 3-for-4, Kelsie Darnell 2-for-2, Amanda Patterson 2-for-4, Samantha King 1-for-4, Kiyoko Puca 1-for-2, Katie Warrick 1-for-4, Jordan Yelensky 1-for-3.
WP: Lainey Mays
LP: Riley Fleming
Huntland 000--0 2 2
Forrest 537---15 15 0
Huntland: Savannah Davis 1-for1, Tara Cates 1-for-1.
Forrest: Samantha King 3-for-3, Kelsie Darnell 3-for-3, Briar Mays 2-for-2, Amanda Patterson 2-for-2, Katie Warrick 2-for-2, Lainey Mays 2-for-2, Kiyoko Puca 1-for-3.
WP: Katie Warrick
LP: Tara Cates