University High falls in state opener

Douglas Fritz • May 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

MURFREESBORO — After a very good start, University High simply got flattened.

Forrest struck for six runs on six hits in the second inning, including a booming two-run homer from Katie Warrick, and ran away for a 12-3 win over the Lady Buccaneers in the opening round of the Class A state softball tournament at McKnight Field.

University High fell to 34-9, and will play Gordonsville or Huntingdon in the losers' bracket today at 12:30 p.m.

“I'm disappointed,” said Lady Bucs' head coach Keith Jeffers. “You always want to win, but the girls have a legitimate shot of playing better (today) and getting on a run the rest of the week.”

Things started nicely for University High. After retiring Forrest in the top of the first inning, Barrett Wherry and Taylor Treadway each hit singles. Eventually they would both come around to score on Forrest errors for a 2-0 UH advantage.

It would be short-lived. Savannah Brothers smacked an RBI single in the top of the second inning, and Warrick followed with her no-doubter — a two-run blast over the left field fence to put Forrest ahead, 3-2.

Samantha King followed with a two-run double, and Liz Daughrity added an RBI single to make it 6-2.

Forrest had some big strong players, and the Lady Rockets hit some rockets.

“There's no doubt they are a good team,” said Jeffers. “I would never take anything away from a team when you flat get beat. But we had five errors in the game. You can't do that at this time of year.”

Forrest kept pouring it on, scoring four times in the third inning before adding single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

UH was down to its last at-bat on the mercy rule, but managed to force another inning when Tanner Horton rapped an RBI single down the left field line. Forrest ended the threat by turning an inning-ending double play.

Warrick finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs for Forrest. She also went the distance in the circle, allowing five hits and three runs, one earned.

King had two hits and three RBIs while Sara Jordan totaled three hits and Daughrity had two hits.

Jeffers said the best thing his team can do is have a short memory.

“I told them by the time they go through that fence, all of this should be forgotten,” said Jeffers. “If they are still thinking about it now, it's too long. They've got to get ready for the next game.”

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