After opening Pool Play at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Brentwood with a convincing 13-2 win over Hume-Fogg on Friday night, the Moore County High School softball team lost three straight over the weekend.
The Raiderettes dropped a close contest to Summertown late Friday night; fell in a one-run game against Brentwood early Saturday; and was later knocked out of the single-elimination tournament with a 5-2 loss to Page on Saturday.
The losses dropped Moore County (8-8, 3-0)) to .500 on the season as the Raiderettes search for consistency. Undefeated in District 9-A play, Moore County was coming off of a 12-2 win at Huntland heading into the tournament.
Friday’s late-night loss to Summertown, however, snapped a three-game winning streak stretching back to a 5-0 win over Sweetwater on March 26. Twice this season MCHS has won three consecutive games. But twice have the Raiderettes lost three straight as well.
Last week’s home game against district rival Huntland was rained out and has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 20. The Raiderettes were off this week as a number of players on the senior-heavy team were out of town on their annual senior trip.
Moore County’s will be back in action on Tuesday, April 12 with a 4:30 p.m. home game against Shelbyville. The Raiderettes play at Eagleville on April 13 and at Middle Tennessee Christian School on April 14 before heading to Cookeville on April 15-16 for another tournament.
MCHS 12, Huntland 2
At Huntland on March 30, the Raiderettes rolled to a six-inning victory to remain unbeaten in district play with a 3-0 record.
The Raiderettes scored five runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Savannah Stevens, an error, a walk by Delaney Stevens, a walk by Mariah Ward and a wild pitch.
Ward reached base three times in the contest, scoring one run and recording one RBI.
Huntland led 1-0 through two innings, but MCHS plated five runs in the third inning and never looked back. The Raiderettes added one in the fourth; one in the fifth; and then piled on five more in the top of the sixth.
Walks and Huntland errors helped Moore County’s cause. The Lady Hornets were guilty of three errors and the Huntland pitching staff issued 13 walks. The Raiderettes managed just four hits in the contest. Ward, Emily Powell, Kate Bowles and Stevens each had a hit, with Bowles collecting a double.
Moore County freshman Abi Harvey worked all six innings in the circle to earn the win. She gave up two runs on five hits and struck out four.
MCHS 13, Hume-Fogg 2
The Raiderettes belted eight hits — including home runs by Emily Parks and Hayley Pomarico — en route to a shortened four-inning contest. Parks added a double as well as she went 2-for-2 with five RBIs.
Emily Powell, Amberlyn Holman, Kasey Harvey and Savannah Stevens had hits as well, with Powell netting a pair of singles.
Moore County put the game away with 11 runs in the second inning.
Parks worked all four innings to collect the win.
Summertown 4, MCHS 2
In Friday’s nightcap, the Raiderettes kept the contest close despite giving up eight hits. Summertown plated three runs in the third inning. The Lady Eagles started the inning by reaching on a Moore County infield error. Back-to-back hits eventually led to a 3-0 lead.
MCHS answered with one run in the bottom of the inning. Both teams scored one in the fourth.
The Raiderettes were held to four hits, a double by Kate Bowles and singles by Emily Powell, Emily Parks and Delaney Stevens.
Abi Harvey took the loss.
Brentwood 4, MCHS 3
The Raiderettes were unable to stay above .500 in Pool Play as they lost Saturday’s morning contest to host Brentwood. Four lead changes highlighted a contest that saw Brentwood answer each time Moore County eased ahead.
The Raiderettes, who outhit Brentwood 6-5, led 1-0 in the first inning; fell behind 2-1 in the second; took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning; and lost the lead in the bottom of the third. Neither team scored in the fourth inning or fifth inning, when Brentwood retired the Raiderettes in order without a base runner.
Mariah Ward led MCHS with a double, while Emily Powell, Kasey Harvey, Taylor LaCook and Savannah Stevens each added singles. Ward was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Abi Harvey pitched four innings, gave up four hits and was saddled with the loss.
Page 5, MCHS 2
In the opener of single-elimination tournament play in the Chick-Fil-A Classic on Saturday, Moore County scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and then clung to a 2-0 lead until Page plated five runs in the top of the sixth.
A single by Kasey Harvey and a two-run homer by Kate Bowles gave Moore County an early advantage.
Page scattered four hits across the first four innings before belting three hits in the decisive sixth inning. The Page offense was aided by two walks and a Moore County error.
Emily Parks went the distance for MCHS and took the loss. She gave up seven hits, while striking out six and walking three.
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