ERIN, Tenn. — Moore County simply couldn’t get the timely hit it needed.
Facing a Houston County team that already had 10 shutouts on its resume, the Raiderettes stranded five baserunners and never managed to get any beyond second base.
Despite outhitting the Lady Irish 4-2, the Raiderettes fell victim as Houston County recorded yet another shutout and beat MCHS 1-0 in the semifinals of the Region 5-A Tournament.
Houston County moved on to face Forrest on Wednesday evening, while the loss ended the season for Moore County. It also marked the end of the prep career for Moore County’s lone senior, Sierra Bateman.
Bateman, who has signed to continue her softball career at Freed-Hardeman University, was among the Moore County batters who struggled to get anything out of the infield off of Houston County pitcher Gracie Leslie and a stingy Lady Irish defense.
In the tiny community of Erin, the hosts were able to pluck a number of would-be hits out of the air. MCHS didn’t have a hit until Emily Powell bunted her way aboard in the top of the third inning.
In the bottom of the third, Houston County leadoff hitter Ashley Spurgeon smoked a hard hit ball down the third baseline. Bateman was able to make the stop, keeping the ball in the infield, but by the time she found the ball, Spurgeon was safe at first.
Savannah Beard then hit a deep fly ball into the gap in left center for a standup double. Spurgeon scored from first base as the Lady Irish took a 1-0 lead. As it turns out, that’s all Leslie needed.
To read more about the Raiderettes’ Region Tournament game, pick up the May 15 print edition of The Moore County News. To subscribe, click here.