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Raiderettes hosting 9-A tournament; new park gets a new name

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Moore County's Kate Bowles (right) takes a base against Franklin County on April 22. The Raiderettes will be hosting the District 9-A Tournament this week at the Metro Lynchburg/Moore County  Park. MCHS plays at 11 a.m. Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

Moore County’s Kate Bowles (right) takes a base against Franklin County on April 22. The Raiderettes will be hosting the District 9-A Tournament this week at the Metro Lynchburg/Moore County Park. MCHS plays at 11 a.m. Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn.  About the only thing settled heading into the high school softball postseason is who the top seeds are and where the tournament will be played.

The Moore County High School softball team secured the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the District 9-A tournament, which will be played here in Lynchburg for the first time in recent memory.

The Raiderettes won’t play until Saturday at 11 a.m. As of press time on Wednesday, their opponent still hadn’t been determined. Unpredictable spring weather has made a mess of the tournament seeding, as many teams still haven’t completed all of their regular season games.

It’s likely that either Fayetteville City or Middle Tennessee Christian will be the No. 7 seed and would face No. 2 seed Forrest. Moore County and Forrest are the only two teams that are certain of their postseason seeding.

With the middle of the pack jumbled, the Raiderettes could face Huntland, Community or Eagleville on Saturday. Both Huntland and Eagleville have played Moore County to one-run games this season.

The tournament is scheduled to run through Wednesday or Thursday and should be a boon for local markets and eateries as teams bring parents and fans to Lynchburg. Hosting the district tournament, which was, for the most part, previously impossible to do because the high school softball field has no lights is a rare treat for Moore County.

The tournament will be played at the new city park located on Main St. One result of the tournament already is that the Metropolitan Lynchburg Moore County Council decided during its March meeting that the new park needed a name.

During that meeting, councilman David Boyce suggested that the park needed a permanent sign and fellow councilman Tommy Brown said he felt like the park should be named. After tossing around a few ideas, the council voted at its April meeting to name the park the Metro Lynchburg/Moore County Park. The council voted 10-4 in favor of that name.

Because bids have to be taken to put up a sign, there will not be a permanent sign in place when the tournament begins this week.

At least there are lights, which will allow for multiple games played throughout the week, as well as any schedule tweaks that could be necessary due to the weather.

While the first three games will be played at the home of the high seed, on Saturday the tournament moves to Lynchburg and will remain here through its duration.

There are three games scheduled Saturday, with Moore County hitting the field first at 11 a.m. A winner’s bracket game will follow at 1 p.m. and a loser’s bracket game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Loser’s bracket games are scheduled for 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, while games in both brackets are on tap for Tuesday. If Moore County can win its opener, the Raiderettes will play at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. If they lose Saturday, they will play at 5 p.m. on Monday.

The championship game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with an “if necessary” game possible on Thursday, May 8.

It should also be noted that both the Lynchburg Little League and the Lynchburg Girls Fastpitch Softball League, which typically has games at the park, agreed to rearrange their schedules in order for Moore County to host the 9-A tournament.

—ROBERT HOLMAN, editor & publisher

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