For the second time in a six-day stretch, the Moore County High School softball team squared off against a top tier District 9-A opponent. And for the second straight time, the Raiderettes came away with a one-run victory.
Facing arguably their two biggest conference rivals in a six-day span — and both on the road — MCHS topped both Forrest and Community to seize control of the district race. Moore County’s 2-1 win over Community on Monday night, coupled with the Raiderettes’ 1-0 win over Forrest last week, leaves Moore County alone atop the 9-A standings and the only team with an unblemished conference record.
In between the two wins over the two teams who battled for last year’s District 9-A tournament title, Moore County also claimed a 9-1 victory over district foe Huntland.
The three wins pushed Moore County’s winning streak to four games and gave the Raiderettes (18-9 overall, 9-0 District 9-A) a 10-1 record since the team’s seniors returned from their senior trip in early April.
That streak will be tested however, as Moore County was slated to host Forrest at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. The Raiderettes travel to Fayetteville on Thursday before closing out the regular season at home against Community on Monday and at Cascade on Tuesday.
MCHS 2, Community 1
Moore County got a work-horse performance from junior Emily Parks in the circle and managed a key run in the top of the fifth to keep host Community at bay. Parks gave up six hits and struck out one en route to the win, while relying on solid defense behind her.
The Raiderettes score a single run in the fourth inning and added another in the top of the fifth.
A double by Kasey Harvey in the fourth gave MCHS its first scoring opportunity. The Raiderettes capitalized when Kate Bowles hit a towering sacrifice fly. Harvey tagged up from third and scored to give the visitors a lead they would not relinquish.
In the fifth, Abi Harvey reached on a walk. Singles by Delaney Stevens and Emily Powell moved her around. She eventually scored when Viqueens pitcher Karla Pena issued her second walk of the inning.
Community scored one run in the sixth on an RBI double by Jaley Vincent.
Kasey Harvey was 2-for-2, with a double, while Powell, Mariah Ward, Savannah Stevens, Bailey Frazier and Delaney Stevens each had a hit.
MCHS 9, Huntland 1
Moore County jumped out to an early lead on visiting Huntland and rolled to a 9-1 win on Wednesday, April 20. Six runs in the first three innings allowed Moore County to put the game away early.
An error, a two-run double by Kate Bowles and an RBI single by Abi Harvey in the first inning got the Raiderettes rolling and staked the hosts to a 4-0 lead after one inning.
In the second inning, Moore County plated two more runs thanks to a two-run triple by Savannah Stevens, who finished with four RBIs on two hits for MCHS.
The Raiderettes finished with seven hits on the day. Along with the pair of extra-base hits by Stevens, Mariah Ward, Kate Bowles, Daisy Pierce, Abi Harvey and Bailey Frazier had hits also.
Abi Harvey earned the win, striking out nine, while allowing five hits and walking just one.
MCHS 1, Forrest 0
Emily Powell singled and scored in the third inning for Moore County and the lone run held up the rest of the way as the Raiderettes topped district foe Forrest in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, April 19.
Powell’s lead-off single was followed by a single from Kasey Harvey. A sacrifice by Mariah Ward moved Powel over to third and a sacrifice fly ball by Savannah Stevens proved to be the only RBI in the contest.
Moore County mustered just four hits on the day — the two in the third inning, and one by Kate Bowles in the second and one by Emily Parks in the seventh.
The hosts, meanwhile had seven hits off of MCHS starter Parks. And seven times the Rockets were able to put runners in scoring position, but each time, the Raiderettes’ defense was able to work out of the jam.
Forrest had a runner at third in both the first and third innings, but Moore County managed to put out the fire each time and escape unharmed.
Parks struck out two and walked three in the win.
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