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Loss eliminates Raiderettes from district tourney

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

Even though their Moore County High School softball career has come to a close, these seniors know “Once a Raiderette, always a Raiderette”. From l-r Karina Rode, Emily Parks and Amberlynn Holman were presented a framed print of the highlights from their high school years

The Moore County High School Raiderettes ended the 20017 season on a losing note, but began the district playoff s with a win. On Thursday the Raiderettes met their first opponent in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic association (TSSAA) District 9-A playoff s. The Raiderettes took the girls from Middle Tennessee Christian School to the same woodshed they’d introduced the Lady Eagles to twice during the regular season, winning in a 10-0 shutout. Abi Harvey took the mound first for the Raiderettes, pitching three innings before turning the game over to Laney Cashion. Moore County got the lead in the first inning with a three-run home run by Emily Parks. On her second at bat, Parks repeated her efforts, driving out another three-run shot over the left center field fence. Trailing 6-0 the Lady Eagles opted to pitch around Parks in her next trip to the plate. Cashion drove in two RBIs in the third and then took over on the mound, after Harvey had struck out six MTSC batters. Harvey drove in an RBI and Kallie Groce scored on a passed ball. Cashion struck out two in as many innings pitched. Scoring runs for the Raiderettes were Cashion (2), Parks (3), Bailey Frazier (3), Emily Eslick (1) and Molly Raby (1). The second playoff game was called off due to weather on Friday and was to be played on Monday with the Raiderettes facing the Lady Hornets of Huntland at Eagleville. The regular scheduled season ended on Monday with a 10-4 loss to 2AA rival Marshall County in Lynchburg. Moore County outhit the Lady Tigers 14-13, but Marshall County managed to get its runners home, while the Raiderettes left nine runners stranded. It was Parks’ first mound appearance since an injury early in the season, and she went five and a third innings in a close game before being pounded for five runs in the sixth. On Tuesday the Raiderettes hosted Eagleville in a rain-out make-up game and came out on the short end of a 3-1 score. Despite an offense that out-hit Eagleville 5-4, an outstanding pitching performance by Harvey (nine strikeouts, Eagleville batters managed several “Texas-league” hits that scored runners while the Raiderettes lone score came on a home run by Parks. Moore County left nine runners on base, including two in scoring position in the last inning