Dominant Lady Rockets claim another district title

Friday, April 28, 2017
Forrest’s lone senior Samantha King (center) is all smiles at Monday night’s senior celebration as King poses with from left, Carson Warner, Donya King, Bryan King and Kayla Gillespie.
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The two-time Class A state champion Forrest Lady Rockets (28-1, 9-0) are in a dominating mode, making another solid run for a title as they won their 16th consecutive game on Senior Night Monday at Chapel Hill via a 10-0 victory over Moore County to clinch the District 9A crown.

“Obviously that was our first short term goal and we are very pleased to get that,” Forrest coach Becky Cheatham said. “Now we want to win the district tournament, region tournament and make a run towards the sectionals and then the state.”

“I am very pleased with the team’s motivation and how they have gelled from the get-go this season.”

Moore County may get their injured starting pitcher back just in time for the tournament that will be at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill and after a tough tussle in a 3-2 win over Huntland on Monday, Cheatham is not going to let her squad overlook anyone.

“We will not overlook Huntland or anyone else in our district tournament,” Cheatham said. “It will be a tough task because Huntland held us down pretty good and they are a contender.”

Forrest’s trip will also include an always difficult Region 5A Tournament and its Chapel Hill’s turn to travel north this year for the region title game versus a District 10A foe.

Jasmine Runk and the Forrest Lady Rockets are 28-1 on the season and have won 16 games in a row.
Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

“I think this team is on a mission,” Cheatham said. “They want to win the school’s third state title and I am very pleased with their overall performance so far this season.”

Cheatham also thinks last year’s two and done performance at the Spring Fling will also be a motivating factor as the Lady Rockets enter the post-season in a hungry mood.

“That should be a motivating factor because we were all not pleased with our performance last year,” Cheatham said. “We must do a better job of going into this even more motivated and with a better mindset this year.”

Wednesday April 19 at Huntland

Forrest 110 010 0-3 7 5

Huntland 101 000 0-2 6 1

Forrest: Emma Stacey 3-for-3, Katlin Leverette 2-for-2, Carson Warner 1-for-4, Jasmine Runk 1-for-3

2B: Warner

RBI: Carson Warner, Leverette

BB: Leverette, Ally Blanton

RS: Leverette, Kennedy Gillespie, Stacey

SAC: Leverette

ROE: King

FC: Kennedy Gillespie

SB: Leverette 3, Stacey 2, Zoe Long, Runk

E: Kayla Gillespie 2, Laura Mealer 2, Ally Blanton

WP: Samantha King (6.2IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 8K, 2BB), Lauren Gillespie (0.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 1BB)

Monday, April 24

Moore County 000 00-0 1 3

Forrest 116 02-10-12 0

Forrest: Katlin Leverette 2-for-3, Laura Mealer 2-for-3, Kennedy Gillespie 2-for-3, Kayla Gillespie 2-for-2, Samantha King 1-for-3, Ally Blanton 1-for-3, Emma Stacey 1-for-2

2B: Sam King, Kayla Gillespie, Kennedy Gillespie, Katlin Leverette

HR: Kennedy Gillespie

RBI: Kennedy Gillespie 3, Katlin Leverette 3, King, Jasmine Runk

SAC: Stacey

ROE: Carson Warner, Ally Blanton, Laura Mealer

FC: Runk

SB: Leverette 2, Kayla Gillespie, Ally Blanton

WP: Samantha King (4IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 5K, 1BB), Lauren Gillespie (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB)