MURFREESBORO — The Moore County Raiderettes went toe-to-toe with a handful of Class AAA foes, as well as an out-of-state invader during the Warrior Southern Classic, held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at a number of facilities in Middle Tennessee.
Moore County played seven games in the event, which was hosted by Riverdale High School.
In Manchester, the Raiderettes split games on Thursday night, beating Tullahoma 10-1, while falling to Coffee County Central 6-0.
Playing in a constant drizzle on Friday in Franklin, MCHS beat Columbia Central 5-0 and lost to Independence High School 6-5.
The rain finally caught up to the Raiderettes on Saturday. At Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Moore County thumped Elmwood Park (Ill.) High School 9-1; lost to Lincoln County 10-3; and lost to Siegel 2-0 in a game called after the fifth inning due to increasingly heavy rain.
Saturday’s finale wrapped up a stretch of nine games in five days for the Raiderettes.
“We hit the ball well all the way through the whole lineup and we played very good defense, with a couple of players making some great plays,” said MCHS head coach Jeremy Austin.
Siegel 2, Moore County 0
The Warrior Southern Classic finale was called in the fifth inning due to rain.
Harvey pitched five innings and gave up five hits, while striking out two. Sierra Bateman and Kate Bowles had the only two hits for the Raiderettes.
Lincoln County 10, Moore County 3
Moore County built a 3-0 lead and held it for three innings before the Lady Falcons rallied. Playing the final five innings with four eighth-graders and five freshmen in the lineup, the Raiderettes held District 8-AAA power Lincoln County at bay for four innings.
Emily Parks got the start; she gave up 11 hits and 10 runs and fanned four in first varsity start. Parks joined fellow eighth-graders Morgan Eslick, Amberlyn Holman and Destiny Hill, who saw their first-ever varsity action.
MCHS scattered seven hits, with six coming in the first three innings.
Moore County 9, Elmwood Park (Ill.) 1
At Siegel High School, a five-run second inning carried Moore County to victory over Elmwood Park High School, a team of northern invaders from the west Chicago suburbs.
Kelsey Camp went 2-for-2, while Harvey pitched six innings and allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks while striking out three. Kyleigh Camp added a pair of hits also.
Independence 6, Moore County 5
At Independence High School in Franklin, Moore County lost despite out-hitting the Eagles six to five.
Kelsey Camp racked up two RBIs on three hits for Moore County.
Harvey handled the Independence’s lineup with ease, racking up six strikeouts, while giving up no earned runs on three hits over five innings. Parks, seeing her first-ever varsity action, worked the final two innings and was saddled with the loss after giving up a pair of runs.
Moore County 5, Columbia 0
Bateman had two extra base hits — a double and a homer — for Moore County.
Harvey tossed a shutout.
Bateman, Mariah Ward and Kelsey Camp combined for five hits for the Raiderettes.
Coffee County 6, Moore County 0
In Manchester, Moore County stayed within two runs until the seventh inning when the Lady Raiders scored four in the top half.
The Raiderettes managed just one hit.
Moore County 10, Tullahoma 1
Moore County’s offense exploded in the seventh inning, scoring seven runs to blow open a close game. Bateman, Harvey and Bowles had two hits each.
Harvey’s nine strikeouts helped Moore County to the victory.