Brothers' slam sparks Lady Rockets

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Freshman Emma Stacey (left) and eighth-grader Shasta Beatty (right) continue to mob senior Savannah Brothers after she belted a first-inning grand slam home run in Forrest's 13-2 win over Community in the second round of the District 9-A Tournament. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After scoring just two runs versus Community a few days earlier in the regular-season, the Forrest Lady Rockets blasted the Viqueens 13-2 in the second round of the District 9-A Tournament in Unionville on Saturday.

"I was glad to see us come over here and put 13 runs on the board like I knew we could," said Forrest coach Becky Cheatham. "I was not happy with that 2-0 performance last week, so they decided to put things in motion."

Long streak

Forrest has now beaten Community 34 consecutive times, dating back to April 11, 2002.

Senior catcher Savannah Brothers, who had not hit a home run since her freshman season at Forrest, picked a perfect spot for her second dinger when she hit a first pitch fastball over the center field fence with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning.

"I knew the fastball was coming, I knew we needed a hit, so I just pictured the ball on the ground," said Brothers. "She pitched against us last week, so I knew the fastball was coming."

Leaders

Roane State signee Briar Mays was the table setter for Forrest, going 3-for-3, including a triple and three runs scored from the leadoff spot.

Katie Warrick picked up the complete game victory, giving up two earned runs on three hits, while striking out six, walking one and hitting one Community batter in her five innings of work in the circle.

Jordan Yelensky fires to first base for an out after fielding a hot grounder at third base.

"That ball took some bad hops on that hard ground, so we did a good job on defense and Katie kept them on the ground for the most part, so I am really glad about our overall effort," said Cheatham.

Warrick, looking for her 50th career home run, was intentionally walked all three times she came up in the game, but it backfired on the Viqueens as Rickee Gayle Carter scored each time she courtesy ran for Warrick.

Great night

Samantha King made Community pay the most for walking Warrick, going 2-for-2 with a base on balls, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

"That's what we having been talking to them about all week," said Cheatham. "We don't expect them to pitch to Katie or Sam and when they don't and put them on base we have got to make them pay and they did a good job of getting that done today."

King belted a laser shot, two-run homer in the third inning that put Forrest in front 13-2.

Forrest scored four runs in each of the first two innings to take an 8-0 lead before Community picked up a pair of runs in the top of the third on a bases loaded hit by pitch to Dora Ramos and a passed ball.

The Lady Rockets put the game away in the bottom of the inning as Kelsie Darnell and Kiyoko Puca each drove home a run before King's blast to leftfield.

Community 00200--2 3 1

Forrest 4450----13 8 1

Community: Davie Barnes 1-for-3, Kerigan Joslyn 1-for-3, Sarah Pierce 1-for-2.

Forrest: Briar Mays 3-for-3, Samantha King 2-for-2, Savannah Brothers 1-for-2, Amanda Patterson 1-for-1, Kelsie Darnell 1-for-3, Lainey Mays 1-for-3.

WP: Katie Warrick

LP: Karla Pena