CROSS PLAINS — Stellar defense and timely hitting is a pretty good combination. Monday night that combination carried the Moore County High School softball team to a 3-1 victory over East Robertson High School.
Playing 105 miles from home in front of a large contingent of Columbia blue-clad MCHS fans, the Raiderettes earned a berth in a TSSAA Class A State Sectional contest. They also earned a trip to the Region 5-A finals for the second year in a row, where they will face Forrest on Wednesday night. The Rockets beat Houston County 9-7.
On Monday, the Raiderettes committed just one error in the game, while tagging Indians pitcher Katie Burnett for eight hits.
After a scoreless first inning, Moore County (22-15) struck first with a pair of runs in the second. Kyleigh Camp led off with a double and Mariah Ward reached via a single.
Kasey Harvey’s sacrifice earned her an RBI and gave the Raiderettes a 1-0 lead that they would never relinquish. Kate Bowles, who went 2-for-3 with a double, added the second RBI of the contest when she singled to drive home Ward.
East Robertson answered in the bottom of the second inning by plating one run, but the Raiderettes’ defense kept the Indians from scoring more.
Ward had already saved a run in the first inning with a home run-robbing catch at the fence. When East Robertson leadoff batter Chandler Groves stroked a ball to deep left field, it first looked out of reach by Ward. But the lanky freshman trekked it down at the warning track and made the grab as her glove hung precariously over the fence.
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By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor (Robert Holman is the Editor and Publisher of The Moore County News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)