Lady Rockets dominate again at Brentwood Invitational

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The 2017 Brentwood Invitational champions Forrest Lady Rockets.
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The Forrest Lady Rockets are mowing opponents down.

The latest dominating performance by Forrest was at the Brentwood Invitational on Friday and Saturday where they went 6-0 to claim the title.

“I think the girls were tired this weekend, but they made a huge push to accomplish another goal which is tremendous for us,” Forrest coach Becky Cheatham said. “The game experience and the ability to push through when they were tired will be assets for us when we get into make-up games and tournament play.”

Forrest added a 11-0 win at Eagleville Monday to improve to 24-1 on the season and 5-0 in District 9A play.

“We had different individuals step up at different times to fill a void when one player or another was struggling,” Cheatham stated. “Since the majority of our team is young, we believe that these tournaments are invaluable in building the chemistry, camaraderie and confidence that will be essential as we try to advance deep into district, regional and sectional play.”

Kennedy Gillespie gets ready to slam a homerun versus Franklin in Friday night’s opening game.

At Brentwood, Forrest began the tournament with a 15-1 win over Franklin before coming away with a 5-0 triumph over Brentwood Academy to finish up Friday night play.

The Lady Rockets beat Pope John Paul II 15-0 in the final pool play game Saturday morning and were supposed to face the Hendersonville Catholic School in the first bracket contest, but they refused to play the game and took a forfeit.

Pope John Paul II accused Forrest of piling on in the 15-0 win Friday night, an accusation that Cheatham vehemently denied.

Instead Forrest took on Brentwood Academy again and beat the Lady Eagles 5-3 to meet up with Franklin County in the championship game.

Samantha King trots around the bases after hitting a moonshot homerun versus Brentwood Academy Friday night.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

“Sam King stepped up big to answer my challenge to hit a towering homerun that probably ended up over the woods and on the soccer field,” Cheatham said. “There were many other contributors to our success, but I was particularly pleased for Sam because she came out of her batting slump at just the right time.”

In the title game, the Lady Rockets jumped on Franklin County from the outset of the contest, scoring four runs in the first inning and five in the second, including a three-run homerun by King.

“She (King) also hit an even more powerful homerun in the championship game that elicited the following remark from the third base umpire, ‘You should give her a meal with that flight’," Cheatham added.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Forrest Gillespie twin infield combo of Kayla at second base and Kennedy at first base came up huge in the title game, turning a pair of double plays that extinguished any hope of a comeback for Franklin County.

Kayla Gillespie picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Rockets versus Franklin.

“They (Gillespie twins) bring something special to the team with their liveliness in the infield,” Cheatham said. “You can always count on them to keep the infield chattering and keeping everyone pumped up.”

Emma Stacey, Carson Warner and King (MVP) were all voted to the All-Tournament Team.

The Lady Rockets shutout MTCS 15-0 on Tuesday and also bus over to Lynchburg on Thursday for a District 9A showdown versus Moore County (8-8, 5-1) with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

Brentwood Invitational Championship Game

Saturday, April 8

Franklin County 000 00-0 2 2

Forrest 450 0X-9 10 3

Forrest: Laura Mealer 2-for-2, Katlin Leverette 1-for-2, Jasmine Runk 1-for-2, Carson Warner 1-for-3, Jenna Blanton 1-for-1, Samantha King 1-for-2, Caroline Warner 1-for-1, Ally Blanton 1-for-2, Emma Stacey 1-for-2

2B: Leverette, Mealer

HR: King

RBI: King 4, Ally Blanton, Mealer, Anna Blanton,

BB: Ally Blanton

RS: Leverette 2, Zoe Long 2, Mealer 2, Runk, King, Stacey

SAC: Anna Blanton

ROE: Carson Warner, Katlin Leverette

SB: Zoe Long 2, Ally Blanton, Caroline Warner, Mealer, Jenna Blanton

E: Ally Blanton, Runk, Mealer

DP: Kayla Gillespie 2, Kennedy Gillespie 2

WP: Samantha King (4.2IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 4K, 0BB), Ashely Milligan (0.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB)