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Raiderettes end Forrest’s district winning streak

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Raiderette Kelsey Camp slides in to the base.The Raiderette softball team picked up three wins this past week to increase their overall record to 6-1 with road wins at Central Magnet and Forrest and a home win over Community.

On Monday against Central Magnet, the Raiderettes pounded out 16 hits – including 14 runs in the fifth inning alone – to earn a 21-5 win.

Makayla Ray picked up two homeruns and a single in the game.  Joining Ray with three hits each were Brittany Lowe and Kelsey Camp.

Central picked up eight hits and one walk for the game and struck out seven times.

Versus Community

On Tuesday, the Community Lady Viqueens came to Lynchburg, and were greeted by the same hot bats.  Moore County had 14 hits in the13-1 victory.

Leading the hit parade were Kelsey Camp and Emily Powell with three hits each.  Kate Bowles picked up her first homerun of the season, as well.

Community managed five hits in the game with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Versus Forrest

The biggest win of the week came on Thursday in Chapel Hill.  Forrest had not lost a district game since 2005, but the Raiderettes stepped off the bus with determination.  The Lady Rockets struck in the first inning as Katie Warrick doubled to centerfield with two outs.  The next batter, Andrea Jordan, reached base on an error, allowing Warrick to score.

Forrest threatened again in the second, but a double play by shortstop Kyleigh Camp, first base Sarah Raby, and third base Sierra Bateman ended the threat.  The score remained 1-0 as the pitchers dueled.

Moore County’s first threat occurred in the fourth inning as Powell walked, Bateman singled, and Kyleigh Camp walked to load the bases with no outs.  The Raiderettes came away empty-handed, however, as Forrest’s pitcher, Brook Herron, got a fly out and two strikeouts.

In the bottom of the fifth, Forrest got a runner to third with no outs, but the Raiderette defense answered.  Pitcher, Kasey Harvey, picked up her first strike out of the game, followed by fly balls to Bateman at third and Kelsey Camp in center.

The Raiderettes finally struck in the sixth. Powell started off the inning drawing a walk on a nine pitch at bat.  She got to second on Bateman’s single, then to third on Raby’s fielder’s choice.  With runners on the corners and two outs, Bowles bunted.

When the dust settled, Bowles was safe on first, and Powell had crossed the plate.  Ray then pushed Raby home with a single, giving MC a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Rockets got runners to second and third in their half of the sixth inning with only one out, but stranded them with a ground out to Harvey followed by a strikeout.   The seventh inning saw the Raiderettes put five runs on the board with two outs.

It began as Powell had an epic at-bat, reaching first base safely on the thirteenth pitch.  She scored on a double by Bateman, and MC continued to pound out hits earning the 7-1 victory.

For the game, Moore County had eight hits and drew five walks, led by Bateman with three hits and Powell with three walks.

The Lady Rockets managed only four hits, three walks, and struck out four times.  Harvey went the distance on the mound in each game.

The Raiderettes are 5-1 (3-1 in district play).  They have this week off, but return to action next week with three big district contests.

They face MTCS at 4:30 Monday at home, then Huntland on Tuesday in the Lynchburg park at 5 p.m., and finish at Cascade on Thursday at 6 p.m.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Citizen journalist Kim Harvey wrote this article. Kim is the mother of MCHS Raiderette Kasey Harvey.]

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