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Raiderettes hope to regain momentum after tough week

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm

By David Knox

Laney Cashion fi res a pitch for the Raiderettes. Cashion is 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA. At the plate, the sophomore is batting a team-best .406 among the MCHS regulars.

The MCHS softball team played pretty well, but didn’t get the results they wanted in a tough week on the diamond. The Raiderettes suffered three losses to drop to 14-11 overall and 6-3 in district play. They had entered the week unbeaten in district play but now head down the stretch looking to grab some momentum. District tournament play starts May 3. “This week showed us some weaknesses that we need to work on heading into the postseason,” said coach Kim Harvey. On Tuesday, April 17, Moore County dropped a tough 1-0 decision at Cascade. Brooke Sudduth was outstanding in the circle for Cascade, pitching a complete game two-hitter and striking out 12 while walking one and she smacked a fourth-inning homer for the game’s only run. Abi Harvey was excellent for MCHS, pitching a complete game, allowing four hits and one run over six innings. She walked only one, and that was an intentional walk. She struck out six. Harvey and Kendall Dangerfield had the Raiderettes’ hits and Dangerfield stole two bases. The Raiderettes’ best chance to score came in the first when Dangerfield was hit by a pitch to start the game. She stole second and was sacrificed to third by Bailey Frazier. Harvey then bunted to try to score Dangerfield but she was tagged out at home. “We did everything we needed to do to win this game, except get the timely hit,” Kim Harvey said. The defense turned a big double play in the third inning when Abi Harvey grabbed a bunt attempt and doubled a runner off first. On Thursday, April 19, Moore County dropped a 5-1 decision to Cornersville in nine innings. MCHS took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Laney Cashion doubled and came home on a single by Emily Steelman. Cornersville tied it in the top of the seventh when a sacriÞ ce ß y brought home an unearned run. In the ninth, Cornersville scored four runs to take the lead and MCHS couldn’t answer. Abi Harvey pitched 8.1 innings, giving up just five hits and just two earned runs. She struck out five and walked two. She scattered two hits over the Þ rst seven innings. The Raiderettes collected seven hits but stranded 14 runners as they again couldn’t get a big hit when they needed it. “We had our chances in almost every inning, but only Emily Steelman was able to deliver an RBI hit,” Kim Harvey said. “We also made some bad decisions on the bases that cost us some opportunities to score.” MCHS closed the difficult week with an 8-1 loss to Cascade. The Raiderettes were again handcuffed by Sudduth. Their only run came when Frazier was hit by a pitch and scored on Harvey’s ground ball that was misplayed for an error. Sudduth gave up one hit, walked one and struck out 18 Cashion pitched seven innings, allowing nine hits, eight run (even earned), walked one and whiffed nine batters. A three-run homer in the second inning and another three-run outburst by Cascade in the fifth were her main downfalls. MCHS travels to Eagleville on Tuesday for its last district game, then hosts Grundy County on Thursday at 6 p.m. Next Monday, May 1, the Raiderettes close the regular season at home against Richland at 6 p.m