FRISCO, Texas -- Forney rallied from an early deficit against Frisco Centennial, scoring 13 runs over four innings for a 13-7 win Friday for a sweep in the Class 4A Region II final and a trip to the Class 4A state softball tournament.
Centennial swiped four bases in the top of the first, including a double steal that scored Allie Cranfill to give the Titans an early 2-0 lead.
But consecutive extra-base hits from Taylor Penn, Rylie Chappell and Laura Mabary to start the third helped the Jackrabbits build a 3-2 lead.
“I don’t think you can get a better hitting team than ours,” Forney shortstop Brooke McCarroll said. “I mean, we just hit and we hit and we just have so much faith in our team. We don’t stop cheering until the game’s over.”
The score was tied, 3-3, after four, but Forney batted around in the fifth starting. Chappell’s single began what would turn into a six-run, seven-hit fifth inning. McCarroll cleared the bases with a three-run homer on a 0-2 count to left field. She finished with four RBI’s.
“At first, [Centennial’s starting pitcher Shelby McCoy] pitched me a rise ball,” said McCarroll, who finished 2-for-4 on the night. “So I was like, 'All right, I’ve got to get to the back of the plate.' So I got to the back of the plate. I saw that rise ball real good and I just hit it.”'
Forney tacked another four runs in the sixth, capped by a two-RBI double by Krista Williams to put the Jackrabbits up, 13-3
Starting pitcher Macie Tillery did her best to contain Centennial’s lineup despite allowing seven runs. Out of the 13 hits allowed, only two were for extra bases. The Titans tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth when Kaytie Proctor’s three-run homer made it a 13-6 game and avoided a run-rule situation. Tillery was able to escape when Centennial’s Holly VonEhrenfried popped to right field to end the inning.
“[Centennial] never gave up. Even when we thought we had it won there in the sixth inning on a run rule, they pop off a three-run shot,” Forney coach Eric Montgomery said. “They’re a great team. Big win for us, the girls really came through and hit the ball hard tonight.”
Mabary, Williams and Penn finished with a team-high three hits apiece for Forney. The Jackrabbits’ lineup had 11 extra-base hits with eight doubles, two triples and a home run.
Forney will play in the state tournament June 2-4 at McCombs Field on the University of Texas at Austin campus.