HUNTLAND — The Moore County High School softball team wrapped up the District 9-A tournament Thursday night at Huntland with a runner-up finish after a 4-3 loss to Forrest in the finals.
The Raiderettes now move on to the Region 5-A tournament and will face East Robertson in Cross Plains on Monday. East Robertson won the District 10-A tournament with a 4-3 victory over Houston County. Forrest will host Houston County.
The Raiderettes need a win over East Robertson in order to advance to the region finals and the Class A sectional contest. Moore County topped the Indians 7-1 in the exact same scenario last season.
On Thursday at Huntland High School, Moore County lost to Forrest for the third straight time, and second in this year’s district tournament. Much like Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the Rockets, the Raiderettes’ offense failed to give MCHS pitcher Kasey Harvey the run support she needed.
In the last three contests against Forrest — dating back to April 22 — Moore County has been outscored 13-3.
Forrest scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a 1-1 deadlock. A leadoff single, a Moore County error and a sacrifice bunt helped the Rockets get the go-ahead run to third. Three of Forrest’s six hits came in the sixth inning as they rallied ahead.
Trailing 3-1, Moore County added one run in the top of the seventh for the final tally.
Harvey gave up six hits and two runs in Thursday’s championship game, but Forrest’s Sara Jordan matched her nearly pitch for pitch.
Offensively, Mariah Ward and Kyleigh Camp had two hits apiece for four of the Raiderettes’ six base knocks. Sarah Raby and Kate Bowles (a triple) each had a hit as well.
The Raiderettes reached the tournament finals after beating Cascade earlier on Thursday. Moore County led 2-0 after six innings, but the stubborn the Lady Champions plated three runs in the top of the seventh to forge a 3-2 lead.
A triple by Bowles, and singles by Kelsey Camp and Savannah Stevens gave the Raiderettes momentum in the bottom of the seventh. Emily Powell followed with a single and Sierra Bateman’s double proved to be the game-winner in a contest in which Moore County pounded out 15 hits but managed just five runs.