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Raiderettes don’t get enough timely hits in loss at Huntland

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

MCHS pitcher Kasey Harvey didn’t allow an earned run against Huntland. (MCN File Photo)

MCHS pitcher Kasey Harvey didn’t allow an earned run against Huntland. (MCN File Photo)

HUNTLAND, Tenn. — Despite outhitting the Huntland Lady Hornets 5-1 and getting a one-hit, six strikeout performance from junior pitcher Kasey Harvey, the Moore County High School softball team lost to Huntland 2-1 last week.

At Huntland on Thursday, the visiting Raiderettes had plenty of baserunners — Harvey, Kate Bowles, Mariah Ward, Emily Powell and Abby Grogan each had a hit — but couldn’t take advantage. The hosts also issued five walks and hit two MCHS batters, still, the Raiderettes’ offense was maligned, unable to get the timely hit it needed to break the game open.

Moore County had just two extra base hits, doubles by both Harvey and Bowles. MCHS loaded the bases in the first inning but was unable to push a run across. After taking a 1-0 lead in the third, Moore County was again building momentum when a double play by Huntland sapped that newfound energy in the fifth inning.

With Powell at second, she was headed to third when a hit off the bat of Grogan was caught and relayed back to second to double up the Raiderettes and kill the scoring threat.

Huntland took advantage and plated two runs in the bottom of the inning, getting both with two outs. Errors on a pair of fly balls to right field allowed Huntland to take a 2-1 lead before Harvey could get a Huntland strikeout for the final out of the inning.

The Hornets managed to hang on the rest of the way.

Moore County’s lone run in the third came when Ward scored thanks to an RBI by Grogan.

Harvey took the loss despite fanning six and not allowing an earned run. She only issued two walks.

Moore County (9-6) was scheduled to host Community on Tuesday, weather permitting. The Raiderettes play at Eagleville on Thursday and at Ezell Harding on Friday.