Lady Rockets run-rule Central Magnet in district opener

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Ally Blanton hammers a grand slam home run in the bottom of the second inning for Forrest, who beat Murfreesboro Central Magnet 12-2 in the District 12-AA opener Thursday night at Chapel Hill.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest hosted Murfreesboro Central Magnet School (MCM) at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill Thursday night in the District 12-AA opener for both squads and the Lady Rockets pulled out the heavy lumber in a 12-2 five-inning, run-rule win.

Forrest banged out 13 hits in the contest with Carson Warner leading the way with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate, including two doubles and three RBIs.

Jenna Blanton, Laura Mealer, Kennedy Gillespie, and Jasmine Runk all had two hits apiece with Runk driving home two and Mealer, Anna Blanton, and Zoe Long coming up with one RBI apiece.

Anna Blanton went 1-for-3 and twin sister Ally had the big bop in the contest via a second inning grand slam home run that gave Forrest an 11-2 lead.

Lauren Gillespie picked up a complete game win in the circle for the Lady Rockets.

Lauren Gillespie notched the complete game victory in the circle, giving up four hits, while walking one, beaning one, and striking out three Lady Tigersí batters.

Gillespie surrendered both runs in the top of the first inning on back-to-back leadoff singles by Alyssa Ward and Ashley Dyer, followed by two-run single by Kali Penney.

Gillespie gave up one hit and allowed just three baserunners the remainder of the contest.

Carson Warner had three hits for Forrest, including a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Gillespieís teammates picked her up in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Warner, a run-scoring base knock from Runk, and an RBI by Long, who was beaned with the bases loaded.

Faith McCaghren walked to lead off the top of the second inning, but was quickly erased when Warner gunned her out, trying to steal second base.

Gillespie retired the next two batters to end the inning and the Lady Rockets exploded in the home half of the frame, putting up a nine-spot on MCM.

Forrest sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning and had six hits in row bookended around two bases on balls that produced three runs before Ally Blantonís grand slam bomb added four more trips across home plate.

Warner put the icing on the cake with an RBI single to make it 12-2 and put the Lady Tigers in run-rule jeopardy.

Gillespie slammed the door shut, allowing one runner in each of the next three innings on a hit by pitch in the top of the third inning, a Hope Scott single in the fourth, and a fielding error in the top of the fifth as Chapel Hill cruised to the win.

MCM 200 00-2 4 2

Forrest 390 0X-12 13 1

MCM: Alyssa Ward 1-for-3, Ashley Dyer 1-for-2, Kali Penney 1-for-2, Hope Scott 1-for-2.

RS: Ward, Dyer.

RBI: Penney 2.

BB: Faith McCaghren.

HBP: Dyer.

SB: Ward 2, Dyer 2.

CS: McCaghren.

Fielding

E: Lorna Hedges, Penney.

LP: Faith McCaghren.

Forrest: Carson Warner 3-for-4, Jenna Blanton 2-for-3, Laura Mealer 2-for-3, Kennedy Gillespie 2-for-3, Jasmine Runk 2-for-3, Anna Blanton 1-for-3, Ally Blanton 1-for-2.

HR: Ally Blanton GS

2B: Warner 2, Mealer.

RS: Kaitlin Leverette 2, Jenna Blanton 2, Mealer 2, Kaydee Todd, Kennedy Gillespie, Runk, Anna Blanton, Zoe Long, Ally Blanton.

RBI: Ally Blanton 4, Warner 3, Runk 2, Mealer, Anna Blanton, Long.

BB: Leverette, Jenna Blanton, Long.

HBP: Long.

SB: Mealer, Anna Blanton.

WP: Lauren Gillespie (5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 3K).