Lady Rockets run-rule Raiderettes

Friday, April 14, 2017
Samantha King tossed a two-hit shutout in her final appearance at Lynchburg Thursday night as the Lady Rockets run-ruled Moore County 13-0.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest traveled to Moore County Thursday night to take on their toughest foe over the last several years and the Lady Rockets blasted the Raiderettes 13-0 in five innings for their 14th win in a row.

It was the largest margin of victory for Forrest (26-1, 7-0) over Moore County (9-9, 6-2) since a 13-0 win on March 17, 2005 at Lynchburg.

Senior Samantha King, making her final appearance in Lynchburg was masterful in the circle, giving up just two hits, walking none and striking out seven Raiderettes’ batters in the contest with a perfect mix of solid fastball location and a devastating change-up that kept Moore County off balance the entire game.

“It feels really good, I’m glad we just came out and did our jobs and that’s what I told everybody was to keep playing just like we have been at the tournaments,” King said. “I kept wanting to throw that changeup because I was really confident in it today.”

Chapel Hill also had a huge night at the dish, banging out 15 hits with Carson Warner and Laura Mealer leading the way with identical 3-for-4 performances at the plate and 2RBI.

“I think as long as we keep our bats going we will go far,” Warner said. “We are a good team, on and off the field, we are really bonded together.”

Ally Blanton comes up with a perfect sac bunt that set up Forrest’s fifth run in the first inning.

Ally Blanton also had a big game, going 2-for-2 with a two runs scored, an RBI, and a perfect sac bunt that set up another run scored.

Kennedy Gillespie also had two hits, a run scored, an RBI, a base on balls and a stolen base, while the speedy Zoe Long had one hit, scored three times and stole two bases.

Forrest wasted little time putting Moore County behind the eight-ball, sending 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and scoring five runs.

Katlin Leverette and Jasmine Runk drew back-to-back walks to start the game before Carson Warner, King, Mealer, and Kennedy Gillespie drove home the five runs with base hits.

In the home half of the first, King whiffed the first Moore County batter with her change-up and also struck the next batter swinging to set the tone for the game as Moore County did not respond with any runs.

Forrest catcher Carson Warner, who had three hits and two RBI in the game, makes a great play on a foul pop in the second inning at Moore County Thursday night.

There was no scoring in the second inning, but in the top of the third, Forrest added three more runs on an Emma Stacey two-run double and an RBI two-bagger by Leverette.

King struck out two more Moore County hitters in the bottom of the inning and Mealer drove home a run in the top of the fourth to make it a 9-0 ballgame.

Delaney Stevens led off the home half of the inning with a base hit for the Raiderettes, but King retired the next three batters in order to send the game to the fifth inning.

Laura Mealer, who went 3-for-4 in the contest, nails an RBI single in the big five-run first inning for the Lady Rockets.

The Lady Rockets continued their hot hitting in the frame, coming up with four runs on four hits, including a Warner RBI single, a Mealer two-bagger that knocked in one and a run scoring triple by Ally Blanton.

King ruled the circle in the bottom of the inning, striking out the side in order to end the run-rule contest.

Forrest will not be back in action until Tuesday when they host MTCS at 5 p.m. on the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill.

Zoe Long, who had one hit, scored three runs and stole two bases, slides safely into third base in the Lady Rockets’ 13-0 run-rule win at Lynchburg Thursday night.

Forrest 503 14-13 15 1

Moore County 000 00-0 2 1

Forrest: Carson Warner 3-for-4, Laura Mealer 3-for-4, Ally Blanton 2-for-2, Kennedy Gillespie 2-for-3, Katlin Leverette 1-for-3, Zoe Long 1-for-1, Samantha King 1-for-4, Anna Blanton 1-for-1, Emma Stacey 1-for-4

3B: Ally Blanton

2B: Leverette, Warner, King, Mealer, Stacey

RBI: Warner 2, King 2, Mealer 2, Stacey 2, Leverette, Ally Blanton, Kennedy Gillespie

RS: Long 3, Ally Blanton 2, Mealer 2, Leverette, Jasmine Runk, Anna Blanton, Kennedy Gillespie, Stacey, Caroline Warner

BB: Leverette, Runk, Kennedy Gillespie

HBP: Kayla Gillespie

FC: Ally Blanton

SB: Long 2, Kennedy Gillespie

E: Mealer

WP: Samantha King (5IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 7K, 0BB)

Moore County: Delaney Stevens 1-for-2, Amberlyn Holman 1-for-2

E: Molly Raby

LP: Abi Harvey