The Moore County Raiderettes accomplished their primary goal on Wednesday night. They managed to keep their season alive. Another goal, however — winning the District 9-A tournament — slipped away late into the night as Forrest claimed a 9-3 win and made off with the 2014 9-A Tournament championship.
It marked the second time in as many days that the Lady Rockets beat Moore County. The Raiderettes fell to Forrest 5-3 on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, Moore County simply didn’t have enough offense to overcome eight fielding errors committed by five players. The mistakes took the Raiderettes out of a game that they’d worked five innings to climb into.
Playing under the lights at the Metro Lynchburg Moore County Park, Forrest built a 2-0 lead in the third inning and added a run in the fourth to go in front 3-0.
Moore County finally mustered a rally in the top of the fifth.
After stranding three runners over the course of the first four innings, a one-out double down the left field line by Amberlyn Holman gave the Raiderettes life.
Emily Parks ripped a shot to center, scoring Destiny Hill, who was running for Holman. A perfect bunt by Emily Powell moved Parks to third, putting runners on the corners. After a groundout by Savannah Stevens and a walk by Sierra Bateman, Kasey Harvey doubled to left field, driving in both Parks and Powell to knot the game at 3-all.
But as quickly as Moore County got back in the game, the Rockets answered — and they did so with two outs.
Forrest roped back-to-back singles to the outfield. An error in right field allowed the Lady Rockets to retake the lead before a hard-hit ball to left gave Forrest another run.
An infield error on the left side helped the Lady Rockets to another run as the lead was extended to 6-3 before the Raiderettes could get out of the inning.
The Raiderettes didn’t help themselves in the sixth, as Forrest pitcher Katie Warrick threw just three pitches to get three outs. A two-run homer and an RBI double by Forrest in the bottom of the sixth inning helped pad the lead.
Warrick earned the win, scattering six Moore County hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking a pair. Moore County junior Abby Grogan took the loss. Grogan gave up nine runs on 12 hits. She walked two and struck out one.
Moore County (25-10) will advance to the region tournament and will travel to Houston County on Monday night. Houston County beat Nashville Christian twice Wednesday night to claim the District 10-A championship.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, editor & publisher