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Fayetteville eliminates MCMS Raiderettes from DRVC tournament

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Moore County’s Kelli Ray (No. 25) puts the ball in play during Saturday’s action in the DRVC tournament in Fayetteville. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County’s Kelli Ray (No. 25) puts the ball in play during Saturday’s action in the DRVC tournament in Fayetteville. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

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.

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