Lady Rockets garner first round win

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Chapel Hill boys were out to support the Lady Rockets at Murfreesboro. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

MURFREESBORO

-The mark of a good ball club is coming away with wins when you're not clicking on all cylinders.

That's exactly what Forrest did in the first round of the TSSAA Spring Fling as they scraped up an 8-3 win over Meigs County on Tuesday.

"It's always good to come over here and start out with a 'W'," we feel a lot better than they feel with that 'L' besides their name," said Forrest coach Becky Cheatham.

"I feel like we could have done better than that, I feel like we should have held them to nothing, but we are happy we got the win and we will improve tomorrow."

Perfect at plate

Samantha King did heavy damage at the plate versus the Lady Tigers from Decatur, going a perfect 4-for-4 with 3 RBI, including a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Katie Warrick had three RBI and picked up the win in the circle for Forrest.

Katie Warrick chipped in with a 2-for-4 performance at the dish, including 3 RBI.

Warrick also picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Rockets, notching the complete game victory.

Warrick gave up two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking one Meigs County batter.

The scrappy Lady Tigers took an early 1-0 first inning lead on a Madison Crabtree RBI single before King tied the game up in the home half of the first on an RBI single that scored Lainey Mays, who had three hits in the contest.

Warrick retired the Lady Tigers in order in the bottom of the second, recording her only two strikeouts in the game.

Heading home

Mays led off the bottom of the second with a base hit, went to second on a wild pitch and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Savannah Brothers.

Rickee Gayle Carter speeds towards third base before heading home in the third inning.

Mays came speeding home on a wild pitch by Meigs County pitcher Ashley Rogers, giving Forrest a 2-1 lead.

The lead was short-lived as Meigs County came back to tie the game in the top of the third on a solo home run by Aubrey Reed.

Samantha King had four hits and three RBI, including this solo home run in the fifth inning as Forrest beat Meigs County 8-3 in the opening round of the TSSAA Spring Fling Tuesday at Murfreesboro.

Kelsie Darnell led off the bottom of the third with a base on balls and Briar Mays followed with a single.

Kiyoko Puca moved the Forrest runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt before Warrick knocked both runners home with a double.

King traded places with Warrick, making it 5-2 and after the Lady Rockets loaded the bases, Amanda Patterson gave Forrest a four-run lead when she was hit by a Rogers' pitch.

Solo homer

King belted her solo shot in the bottom of the fifth and Warrick added another RBI in the sixth to make it an 8-2 contest.

Meigs County managed one more run in the top of the seventh on an RBI triple by Kaley Meadows before the game ended on a come-backer to Warrick in the circle.

"We need to get home and get rested, get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated and they need to visualize themselves being successful, because we know we have the ability to get it done," said Cheatham.

The Lady Rockets (31-5) will take on Sale Creek (21-13), who beat the defending Class A champions Adamsville 1-0.

"We do not want to fall into the trap of falling into the loser's bracket tomorrow, we need to come over and take care of business and stay in the winner's bracket and good things will happen," said Cheatham.

Meigs County 101 000 1-3 8 0

Forrest 114 011 x-8 13 1

Meigs County: Kaley Meadows 2-for-4, Madison Crabtree 2-for-4, Jade Meadows 2-for-3, Aubrey Reed 1-for-4, Kaylie Moore 1-for-3.

RBI: Kaley Meadows 1, Aubrey Reed 1, Jade Meadows 1.

Forrest: Samantha King 4-for-4, Lainey Mays 3-for-4, Briar Mays 2-for-4, Katie Warrick 2-for-4, Savannah Brothers 1-for-3, Kelsie Darnell 1-for-2.

RBI: King 3, Warrick 3, Patterson 1.

WP: Katie Warrick

LP: Ashley Rogers