Raiderettes end Lady Rockets' streak

Friday, April 22, 2016
Kelsie Darnell throws out a runner at first base in the first inning Tuesday night versus Moore County. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

It's always them.

Them meaning the Moore County Raiderettes, who beat Forrest 1-0 Tuesday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill, breaking the Lady Rockets' streak of not losing to a Class A team since the 2014 state tournament when they fell to Columbia Academy in a season ending defeat.

'Target on back'

"It was a tough loss, we beat ourselves, there is no other way to describe it," Forrest coach Becky Cheatham said. "They came here to take care of business, we had the target on our back and did not get the job done."

The last District 9A loss suffered by Forrest also came at the hands of Moore County on March 20, 2014.

"That is not OK, we have to have the mindset that we will not give in," Cheatham said. "We shot ourselves in the foot with errors, we didn't hit in critical situations and we didn't get the job done when we asked them to do something and they did not read the play correctly, it's on us."

District leaders

The two teams have been the class of the district over the last four seasons with the Lady Rockets leading the series 9-5 and over the four-year span, Forrest has a 43-5 district record, while the Raiderettes went 41-7.

Only once has the rivalry translated into a state tournament appearance for Moore County (2012), but Forrest has been to the Spring Fling four straight years and 11 out of the last 14 seasons with two state titles (2008, 2014) and have been runner up three times (2002, 2007, 2009).

Tuesday night's game was a classic battle on the diamond between the two foes with the only run coming on an RBI sacrifice fly by Savannah Stevens in the top of the third inning.

Left behind

Forrest had eight eight hits in the game and left 11 runners on base, not able to get the timely hit when they needed it.

Samantha King went the distance in the circle for Forrest, surrendering just three hits in the game.

Samantha King gave up just three hits in the circle for the Lady Rockets, striking out one and walking two Moore County batters in her complete game effort.

"We couldn't have asked for a more outstanding performance out of her, we did not back her up," Cheatham said. "When a pitcher can go against a team like Moore County and just give up three hits, she deserves to win and we told her that."

Forrest left two on base in the second inning, three in the third, one in the fourth and fifth, two more in the sixth and they left the tying run stranded at second base in the final inning.

Madison Curtis goes down low for a pinch hit single in the sixth inning.

Emma Stacey had three hits in the contest for Forrest, King had two and Amanda Patterson, Jordan Yelensky and Madison Curtis all had one base knock apiece.

Emily Powell, Kate Bowles and pitcher Emily Parks all had one single apiece for the Raiderettes.

Parks picked up the win in the circle for Lynchburg, striking two and walking three Forrest hitters in her seven innings of work.

"We need to correct our mistakes and we need to get our minds right and snap back," Cheatham said. "It is a matter of determination in my opinion that you have to decide that I am going to get this done and I don't think we came with that mindset tonight."

Forrest catcher Kennedy Gillespie pounces out to catch a pop-up in the fifth inning.

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Moore County: Emily Powell 1-for-3, Kate Bowles 1-for-3, Emily Parks 1-for-3.

RBI: Savannah Stevens.

SAC: Abi Harvey.

SF: Savannah Stevens, Mariah Ward.

Forrest: Emma Stacey 3-for-4, Samantha King 2-for-4, Jordan Yelensky 1-for-4, Madison Curtis 1-for-1, Amanda Patterson 1-for-3.

SAC: Patterson.

WP: Emily Parks (7IP, 7H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K).

LP: Samantha King (7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K).