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After break for senior trip, Raiderettes roll to six straight wins

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 11:14 am

Moore County High School senior Emily Powell swings at a pitch against Shelbyville Central on April 12. The Raiderettes won 6-2, the first of six straight victories. Powell scored two runs. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County High School senior Emily Powell looks at a pitch against Shelbyville Central on April 12. The Raiderettes won 6-2, the first of six straight victories. Powell scored two runs. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Senior trip may have been just the break that the Moore County High School softball team needed. After losing three straight games in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in early April, many of the Raiderettes’ senior-laden squad took nine days off as they traveled with the rest of the MCHS seniors on their annual trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Upon their return, the Raiderettes promptly reeled off six straight wins, starting with a 6-2 victory over Shelbyville on April 12. Moore County (15-9 overall, 6-0 District 9-A) then topped Eagleville 7-1 in nine innings on April 13 and thumped Middle Tennessee Christian School 16-1 in four innings on April 14.

The team then headed to the Duff Tournament in Cookeville for two games on Friday and two games on Saturday.

On Friday night, Moore County beat Upperman 3-1 and downed Cumberland County 3-0. A 9-8 win over Henderson County (Ky.) on Saturday morning wrapped up Pool Play for MCHS.

In Saturday’s tournament action, Upperman rallied from a 1-0 deficit to beat Moore County 4-1, snapping a six-game winning streak and sending the Raiderettes home early, despite a solid pitching effort from junior Emily Parks. Parks gave up four runs on five hits, walked five and struck out four during her five innings of work.

On Monday, the Raiderettes rebounded with a 12-0 win over Eagleville here in Lynchburg. Moore County belted 13 hits, including a three-run homer by Kate Bowles and doubles by Mariah Ward and Delaney Stevens.

MCHS was scheduled to play at Forrest on Tuesday and then host Huntland on Wednesday.

•• Notes: Against Shelbyville, Emily Parks claimed the win for the Raiderettes, scattering seven hits, striking out three batters while issuing only one walk. … Moore County and Eagleville played five scoreless innings on April 13 before the Raiderettes scored a run in the sixth inning. Eagleville tied it in the seventh. MCHS blew the game open with six runs in the ninth inning. … Ten different players — Mariah Ward, Savannah Stevens, Allyssa Weddington, Taylor LaCook, Emily Parks, Amberlyn Holman, Hayley Pomarico, Emma Hill, Abi Harvey and Bailey Frazier — had at least one RBI in the win over Middle TN Christian. Abi Harvey earned the win in the circle. … Savannah Stevens had two home runs, five hits and three RBIs in four games during the Duff Tournament. … Powell went 3-for-3, while Ward and Bowles were each 3-for-4 in Monday’s win over Eagleville. … The Raiderettes will play in the Lincoln County Border Battle this weekend, with games slated for Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville.

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