Last Tuesday, the Raiderettes beat Huntland at home – besting the Lady Hornets by 3-1. Ironically, the Lady Hornets handed Moore County their lone district loss on March 19 by the very same margin in Franklin County.
The Raiderettes looked for and got revenge in what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel.
Moore County led 1-0 through four innings thanks to a second inning inside the park home run by Kyleigh Camp.
Huntland managed to score a run in the fifth with two outs but in the bottom of the sixth inning, Emily Powell reached base on an error and moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Sierra Bateman.
Kyleigh Camp tripled to score Powell, and Kate Bowles singled to score Kyleigh, giving MC a 3-1 lead. That was enough to finish off the Hornets. Pitcher Kasey Harvey went the distance striking out 10 Huntland batters and giving up only four hits.
Loss at Cascade
On Thursday, the Raiderettes traveled to Bell Buckle to take on the Lady Champions of Cascade. Heading into the game, the Raiderettes were tied with Cascade and Forrest for the district lead. This game also started as a pitcher’s duel with both teams scoreless through two innings. In the third, Cascade strung together three hits, scoring two runs. In the fourth inning, the Raiderettes got on the board when Bowles reached base on an error and was driven home by Savannah Steven’s triple. This was all the offense Moore County could manage.
The Lady Champions added a run in the fifth to take the 3-1 win and the district lead. Cascade pitcher, Summer Carter, struck out 10 Raiderettes in getting the win. Harvey struck out two and gave up nine hits in her first loss of the season.
Went 1-4 in Tourney
Over the weekend, the girls played in the Lincoln County Border Battle, which featured some of the best teams in Alabama and middle Tennessee. In pool play on Friday night, the Raiderettes fell to the third-ranked 6A team, Bob Jones High School from Alabama. They also lost to Lincoln County.
Tournament play began on Saturday morning with a game against Marshall County. The game would end up being a defensive struggle. Marshall County’s only run was scored in the first inning, when Morgan Moyers reached base on an error and was driven in two batters later. The game remained 1-0 until the top of the seventh inning.
With two outs, Bowles and Kyleigh Camp put together back-to-back singles. Then Mariah Ward stepped to the plate and singled to drive in both Bowles and Camp, giving Moore County a 2-1 lead. Marshall County threatened in the bottom of the seventh but could not score. Harvey finished the game with two strikeouts and gave up five hits.
This win advanced the Raiderettes to face AAA powerhouse Riverdale and UTC pitching signee Rachel Albrighton. The Raiderettes kept it close for five and a half innings – keeping the score at 3-1. In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Warriors strung together five hits and with an error thrown in, the final was a 9-1 loss for Moore County.
Bowles and Powell had the only hits for the Raiderettes. Harvey took the loss on the mound. The girls moved on to face AAA school Warren County in an elimination game and Moore County held a 3-2 lead going into the last inning.
With a couple of hits and a couple of fielding errors by the Raiderettes, the Lady Pioneers came away with a 4-3 victory.
Bateman, Bowles, and Makayla Ray picked up RBIs for the Raiderettes. Kelsey Camp, Powell, and Bateman scored the three runs. Harvey again went the distance on the mound striking out two and giving up five hits.
Clobber Central Magnet 10-0
The Raiderettes jumped on Central magnet early on Monday night in Lynchburg and coasted to a 10-0 win. Nine runs in the first three innings allowed Raiderettes to put the game away early. A wild pitch, an RBI single by Kyleigh Camp, an RBI single by Kate Bowles, and an RBI single by Mariah Ward in the first inning and an RBI triple by Sierra Bateman, an error, and a three-run double by Ward during the second inning helped Raiderettes put some runs on the board early.
Ward racked up three RBIs on two hits for Raiderettes. Kasey Harvey’s 10 strikeouts were enough to push Raiderettes past Central Magnet. Harvey gave up just three hits over five shutout innings.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Citizen journalist Kim Harvey contributed to this article. Kim is the mother of MCHS Raiderette Kasey Harvey.]