CHAPEL HILL — The Moore County Raiderettes had a shot at snapping a three-game skid against Forrest on Wednesday night in the Region 5-A Championship game. But Moore County couldn’t capitalize on a pair of Forrest blunders in the fifth inning and instead lost 1-0.
The Raiderettes will play at Richland at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Class A Sectional contest. A berth in the TSSAA Spring Fling softball championship tournament is on the line.
Wednesday marked the second one-run game that Moore County dropped to the Rockets in a seven-day stretch. Forrest claimed a 3-2 victory over the MCHS in the District 9-A Tournament championship game. Each time, home field in the next game has been at stake, and each time, the Rockets managed to slip away.
In Wednesday’s contest, the two teams battled in a classic pitchers’ duel for four innings. But things turned in the fifth inning — first in Moore County’s favor and then in favor of the hosts.
With one out, Moore County got two runners aboard thanks to a single by Kate Bowles and a well-placed bunt by Savannah Stevens. After the runners moved around thanks to a wild pitch, Kelsey Camp slapped the ball back to the pitcher, who froze Lindsay Eslick — running for Bowles — along the third baseline before making the throw to first to get Camp out.
The Rockets were then able to double up Eslick, who had darted back toward third base, and Moore County’s best scoring threat of the game was nipped.
The Raiderettes didn’t fare much better in the bottom half of the inning, as Forrest got a leadoff double and scored on a Moore County error.
Harvey allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks, while striking out three over six innings of work.
Sara Jordan earned the win for Forrest. She pitched seven shutout innings, fanning four and allowing four hits without issuing a walk.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor