FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — After a dominating victory in the opener of the Duck River Valley Conference tournament on Friday night, the Moore County Middle School softball team lost a pair of close contests on Saturday and were eliminated from postseason play.
Moore County kicked off its postseason tournament as the No. 3 seed. Playing No. 6 seed Liberty in Fayetteville, the Raiderettes coasted to a 15-0 win in three innings on Friday evening.
They moved on to face No. 2 seed Cascade on Saturday morning. In a defensive struggle, the Lady Champions, who downed Westwood on Friday, won 3-1, sending MCMS to the losers bracket and a match-up against fifth-seeded and host Fayetteville City.
The Lady Tigers entered the tournament with a 5-9 conference mark, but turned newfound momentum into a win over No. 4 seed Huntland, which was 9-5 entering the postseason.
Fayetteville carried that momentum into Saturday by beating Riverside Christian Academy and then topping Moore County 4-3, ending the Raiderettes’ season.
Despite the loss, MCMS had a solid tournament with Harlee Deaton hitting .500 with nine RBIs. Deaton also shared time in the circle with Abi Harvey as she pitched seven-plus inning.
Three Moore County players — Harvey, Deaton and Baily Frazier — were named to the all-conference team, while Cascade beat top-seeded Community to win the conference tournament championship.