Lady Rockets dominate
East Robertson collapses as Forrest wins Region 5-A title
It was an evening of domination and destruction for the Forrest Lady Rockets at East Robertson Wednesday night.
"I really didn't expect this, because they are usually a sound offensive and defensive team," said Forrest coach Becky Cheatham.
Sixteen runs, 18 hits, small ball, long ball, running wild on the bases, and to top it off, the Lady Indians were held hitless by Katie Warrick in the Region 5-A championship game.
"Awesome' night "That was an awesome performance on her part, and we had a great defense behind her that made that happen, so kudos to everyone, it was outstanding," said Cheatham.
The game lasted just five innings as Forrest took a 16-0 run-rule win.
Forrest also picked up its 30th win of the season and will play Summertown tonight at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill in a Class-A sectional game at 5 p.m.
"They responded and did what we asked them to do, it was an outstanding effort by everyone," said Cheatham.
The Lady Rockets have not lost a game at home this season and are 9-0 all-time versus Summertown, including a 5-0 record in sectional games with wins in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2006.
With a win over the Lady Eagles tonight, Forrest would extend its streak of state tournament appearances to four-in-row and 10 out the last 14 years.
After a scoreless first inning at East Robertson, the Lady Rockets revved up their engines, scoring six runs in the top of the second inning.
Two Lady Indians' errors set the stage for a bases-loaded RBI walk by Kelsie Darnell to open the scoring for Forrest.
Briar Mays followed with a bases-clearing triple, and Kiyoko Puca and Warrick cleaned up the rest with RBI base hits.
Warrick was in complete control in the circle and in the top of the third inning, Forrest put the game away, scoring seven runs, including a two-run home run by Savannah Brothers, a two-run single by Puca and another RBI base knock by Warrick.
"I was glad to see the bats come along on the things we worked on, so we are all very happy,"
Warrick was helped out by an extraordinary defensive effort by the Lady Rockets, most notably shortstop Lainey Mays and third baseman Jordan Yelensky as the pair combined for several assists that kept Warrick's no-hitter intact.
"Before every pitch I want them to hit it to me, and Jo is the same way," said Mays. "I am so hyped. We want to win that game on Friday for our seniors; we are playing for them."
Lainey Mays drove home two runs in the top of the fifth, and Brothers capped off the 16-run barrage with an RBI base hit.
Final home game
In the bottom of the fifth inning, groundouts to Yelensky and Lainey Mays set the stage for the final batter of Warrick's no-hit bid, and it came to fruition on a line-out to Yelensky, giving Forrest the coveted home-field advantage in the sectional round.
"I could not have done that without Lainey or Jo (Yelensky), because they were on fire tonight, and they had my back the whole time with outstanding plays," said Warrick.
"This is really great. I wanted to be able to play one more game on the Field of Dreams."
Forrest 067 03---16 18 2
East Robertson 000 00--- 0 0 4
Forrest: Katie Warrick 3-for-4, Savannah Brothers 3-for-4, Lainey Mays 3-for-4, Briar Mays 2-for-4, Kiyoko Puca 2-for-4, Samantha King 2-for-3, Amanda Patterson 2-for-4, Kelsie Darnell 1-for-2.
HR: Savannah Brothers
RBI: Briar Mays 3, Kiyoko Puca 3, Savannah Brothers 3, Lainey Mays 2, Katie Warrick 1, Kelsie Darnell 1.
WP: Katie Warrick
LP: Val Seay