The Moore County Raiderettes battled their way to a 7-2 victory over Middle Tennessee Christian School (MTCS) on Tuesday. The win puts them a position to possibly play in the District 9A Championship game.
The Raiderettes need consecutive wins over the next two days to get a title shot and continue post-season play into the Region 5A Tournament.
The Class A Regional Tournament kicks off next Monday. Team brackets weren’t available by press time.
Moore County outlasted the Lady Cougars in a game in which the lead changed five times.
On offense, Mariah Ward racked up three RBIs for the Raiderettes. She singled in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
On defense, Kasey Harvey ate up innings – allowing only one earned run, five hits and a walk in seven innings. Harvey also struck out five MTCS batters.
Raiderettes snagged the lead in the third inning after scoring three runs and never looked back.
The Raiderette softball team finished the regular season winning three of their last four games to earn a second place finish in district 9A.
On Senior Night, they came up with a 5-4 home victory over AAA Franklin County. Teammates and coaches honored their lone senior, Brittany Lowe, after the game.
The Raiderettes made the trip to Franklin County four nights later and suffered a 9-3 loss, despite having 11 hits in the game.
Moore County picked up two district wins at MTCS (19-3) and at Eagleville (17-2).
The District 9A tournament play began last Thursday as the Raiderettes hosted Community. The game ended after only three innings as Moore County led
Community only sent nine batters to the plate as Raiderette hurler, Kasey Harvey, struck out five and allowed only four balls to be put in play. Moore County sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning – scoring 11 runs.
On Saturday, the Raiderettes traveled to Chapel Hill to face Cascade. Splitting during the regular season, this game proved to be as exciting as anticipated.
Getting the first two batters out to start the game, it looked like the Raiderettes were off to a good start. But the third Cascade batter, Kelsey Parker, hit one over the left field fence.
The Lady Champions followed the homerun with a walk and a double – scoring another run for Cascade. A looking strikeout ended the inning.
Down 2-0, Moore County got slappers Kelsey Camp and Emily Powell to second and third with no outs. However, they were unable to score as the Raiderettes bats were cold.
Both teams were kept off the bags in the second inning, as the pitchers settled down.
In the third inning, Cascade’s lead-off batter, Tori Slater, got a single. Left fielder, Mariah Ward, stepped up on the next play as the batter hit a shallow fly ball. Ward caught it and then gunned it to Sarah Raby at first to double off Slater but once again, the Lady Champs did their damage with two outs.
Parker drew a walk and scored on a double by Summer Carter. In Moore County’s half of the third, lead-off batter Kelsey Camp drew a walk. She reached second on a passed ball, and then advanced to third on a ball put in play by Powell. She was pushed home as Sierra Bateman grounded out to second.
The score held at 3-1 until the bottom of the fifth. Kelsey Camp grounded out to start the inning but the Raiderettes reeled off three hits: a single by Powell, a double by Bateman, and a single by Kyleigh Camp to tie the game at 3-3.
Moore County’s momentum was short lived. In the top of the sixth, Carter grounded out to Bateman at third. Then the Lady Champs got a single. The next batter Courtney Carter, connected for a home run, making the score 5-3.
Determined, the Raiderettes’ lead-off batter Powell got a single to start the seventh inning rally and advanced to second on a passed ball. Bateman hit a sharp line drive that was caught by Cascade shortstop Alyssa Hoover. Kyleigh Camp then ripped a grounder back up the middle that ricocheted off second base for a double.
Powell held up at third and Kate Bowles came to the plate and grounded out to first – scoring Powell and advancing Camp to third.
Harvey came to the plate with two outs and the score at 4-5. She grounded out to second to end the game – sending Moore County to the loser’s bracket.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Citizen journalist Kim Harvey contributed to this article. Kim is the mother of MCHS Raiderette Kasey Harvey.]