Seven Moore County home runs by five different players and a pair of solid outings in the circle by Raiderettes’ pitcher Kasey Harvey helped the MCHS softball team sweep Community in a District 9-A series to open the 2014 season this week.
The Raiderettes notched a 9-0 season-opening victory under the lights in Unionville on Monday night and then backed that up with a 13-3 win over the Viqueens in Lynchburg on Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore Savannah Stevens and freshman Emily Parks each collected a pair of home runs, one in each contest. Mariah Ward, Kate Bowles and Daisy Pierce joined the hit parade as well, as each punched a couple of long balls out of the park.
Meanwhile, sophomore pitcher Kasey Harvey kept the Community hitters off balance in both games. She stayed ahead, overcame a couple of defensive errors and cruised to help MCHS improve to 2-0 on the season as the Raiderettes prepare to host Middle Tennessee Christian School at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
On Monday night at Community, Harvey registered eight strikeouts, while allowing just one hit in the shutout.
It was Ward however, that sent an early signal of what would come over the next 24 hours. Ward sent a towering three-run blast over the centerfield fence, giving Moore County a 4-0 lead in the first inning. She finished 2-for-4 on the day.
In the top of the fourth, Stevens homered as the visitors increased their lead to 6-0. Parks smacked a solo homer in the sixth inning for a 7-0 MCHS lead. The Raiderettes tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh.
In the home half of the innings, Harvey sat the Viqueens down in order to end the game.
Moore County had 11 hits, with Kyleigh Camp going 3-for-4 and Stevens 2-for-4. Ward had three RBIs.
On Tuesday, it was a monster fourth inning that fueled the win, helping the host Raiderettes break out of a close game and rally from a 3-2 deficit. Moore County plated eight runs in the inning to build an insurmountable lead.
Moore County’s Bowles started the inning with a double to left field. After sending everyone to the plate, Bowles homered in her second at-bat in the inning, capping an eight-run inning for Moore County while dashing any hope of a Community upset.
Parks was 3-for-3, while Bowles, Camp and Pierce were each 2-for-3. Stevens homered in the opening inning and Parks and Pierce each went yard in the fifth inning.
Community managed to snag an early 2-0 lead thanks to an error and a passed ball. After that, the Raiderettes settled down and Harvey found a groove. She struck out five in five innings of work, didn’t allow a hit, or an earned run.
Moore County is scheduled to play Friday and Saturday in a tournament in Brentwood.