Eagleville suffers Forrest wrath
The Forrest Lady Rockets (15-4, 7-1), unhappy with their 1-0 loss to Moore County Tuesday night, traveled to Eagleville on Wednesday where the Lady Eagles suffered the wrath of the defeat, losing 11-1 in five innings.
"I think they realized they have got to hit the ball and be on the attack instead of being the 'attackee', if that is a word," Forrest coach Becky Cheatham said. "I told them before the game, we are in a position now where we have to lay all out on the line, there is nothing to lose, so turn it loose and play."
Eagleville (8-16, 3-5) also didn't help its own cause, committing five errors in the contest with three miscues coming in the top of the second inning when Forrest opened the scoring with three runs and never looked back.
A pair of freshman shined for the Chapel Hill girls as catcher Kennedy Gillespie went 3-for-3 with 5RBI, while fellow classmate Lauren Gillespie went the distance in the circle for the win.
Lefty Lauren gave up just three hits in the contest, while striking out eight and walking one Eagleville batter.
"That was a great job and great performance out of our freshman pitcher, so we can't ask for more than that from her," Cheatham said.
Kennedy Gillespie drove home two runs with a single in the error filled second inning and two more in a five-run top of the third inning for the Lady Rockets, who batted around in the frame to take an 8-0 lead.
Emma Stacey came up with a squeeze bunt RBI in the inning and in the home half of the stanza, Lauren Gillespie set down Eagleville 1-2-3, including back-to-back strikeouts for the first two outs.
In the top of the fourth inning, Lauren Gillespie drew a one-out base on balls and Zoe Long came in to run for the Forrest pitcher.
A passed ball sent Long to third and she scored when Jasmine Runk reached on an error, making it 9-0.
After a Forrest strikeout, Kennedy Gillespie made it an 11-0 ballgame with an RBI base hit to right field.
Shi Knox and Cassidy Burks banged back-to-back hits in the bottom of the fourth inning and a double steal sent both runners up one base before Hannah Brown hit a fielder's choice ground ball RBI, making it 10-1 and staving off the mercy rule.
Lauren Gillespie retired the next two batters to limit the damage and in the top of the fifth inning, an RBI single by the Forrest pitcher made it 11-1.
This time, Eagleville would not escape the run-rule as Gillespie easily retired the Lady Eagles to end the game.
Forrest 035 21-11 8 0
Eagleville 000 01-1 3 5
Forrest: Kennedy Gillespie 3-for-3, Emma Stacey 1-for-4, Amanda Patterson 1-for-2, Lauren Gillespie 1-for-2, Jasmine Runk 1-for-4, Kelsie Darnell 1-for-1.
RBI: Kennedy Gillespie 5, Stacey 1, Lauren Gillespie 1.
RS: Runk 3, Zoe Long 2, Samantha King 2, Stacey 1, Patterson 1, Brooke Paul 1, Piper Elmore 1, Kennedy Gillespie 1, Darnell 1.
SAC: Stacey, Paul, Long
BB: Paul 2, Lauren Gillespie 2, Patterson 1, Jordan Yelensky 1, King 1
WP: Lauren Gillespie (5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 8K, 1BB)
Next game: Lincoln County Border Battle, Fayetteville (April 22 and 23)