Warrick hurls Forrest no-hitter
The Forrest Lady Rockets continued its winning ways in Eagleville on Wednesday, sweeping the Lady Eagles in a double header.
"I am really pleased with the effort, especially that first game where we picked up right where we left off," said Forrest coach Becky Cheatham. "We had to make a little adjustment with the different type pitching and we did that, so I am pleased."
Katie Warrick tossed a no-hitter in game one, taking a perfect game to the last inning before walking KK Batey with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
"I had my fingers crossed, I knew what was going on going into the that last inning, we were two outs away, but we had that base on balls, so I am a little disappointed for her, bur we got that no-hitter," said Cheatham.
Warrick struck out seven in the no-hitter.
Both games were five-inning contests, agreed to by both coaches before the start of the twin bill.
After a 33-hit performance on Tuesday, the Lady Rockets stayed red-hot from the plate, banging out 29 hits in Eagleville.
Forrest sent 14 batters to the plate in the second inning of the opening contest on Wednesday, scoring nine runs to put the game away early.
"I am really happy that our hitting has continued, so it was just a great team effort today," said Cheatham.
Jordan Yelensky had three RBIs in the inning, Savannah Brothers knocked home two runs, while Briar Mays, Amanda Patterson and Kelsie Darnell all drove in one teammate in the big inning.
Forrest added two unearned runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth on a two-run double by Patterson.
Another unearned run in the fifth ended the Forrest scoring.
In game two, Lainey Mays went to the circle for Forrest and went the distance for the win, giving up one earned run on four hits, while striking out six and walking one Eagleville batter.
The Lady Rockets opened the scoring in game two with a first inning unearned run.
There was no scoring in the second inning, but in the bottom of the third, Forrest exploded with six runs as Brothers drove in two, while Kiyoko Puca, Samantha King and Darnell all knocked in one run apiece in the stanza.
Abby Harris drew a two-out walk for Eagleville in the top of the fourth before Hannah Brown came up with the first base in the double header for the Lady Eagles.
Jessie Pew followed with an RBI single, making it a 7-1 ballgame.
King walked to lead off the home half of the fourth and Warrick drove her home with a double down the left field line.
Lainey Mays knock in Warrick on a fielder's choice, making it 9-1 and Mays finished the job in the top of the fifth to complete the sweep for Forrest (22-5, 9-0).
At press time, the Lady Rockets needed a win at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Thursday to claim the regular season District 9-A title.
"We are looking forward to that and we would like to have undefeated in that district column," said Cheatham.