Moore County made quick work of Middle Tennessee Christian School in last week’s District 9-A tournament opener and then put in a workmanlike performance in the next round to defeat Eagleville 8-0 on Saturday.
The two victories set up a Tuesday showdown against rival and District 9-A regular season champion Forrest in the winner’s bracket finals of the tournament, which is being played in Unionville.
Tuesday’s game against the Lady Rockets (26-5), who beat MCHS (18-10-1) twice in the regular season, was not complete at press time. Forrest, the No. 1 seed, advanced with a win over Community on Saturday.
The tournament continued on Monday night, with Community moving through the loser’s bracket to eliminate Huntland 5-0 and Fayetteville City doing the same to Eagleville with a 5-3 win. The Viqueens and the Lady Tigers were scheduled to play an elimination game on Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to face the Moore County/Forrest loser at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Moore County 8, Eagleville 0
UNIONVILLE — At Unionville, Moore County used a five-run fifth inning to pull away from a pesky Eagleville team.
The Raiderettes were already ahead 3-0 heading into the inning. After a walk by senior Kyleigh Camp and a double by Mariah Ward, Kate Bowles smacked a two-RBI double to give MCHS a 5-0 lead.
Savannah Stevens reached on a fielders’ choice and Haylee Pomarico, who was running for Bowles scored. Stevens then raced home on an Eagleville error.
Emily Parks, who had reached on a single, capped the Moore County scoring when Daisy Pierce singled to the outfield.
Stevens finished with a pair of RBIs on two hits for Moore County, while Ward had a pair of hits, including a double and Bowles added two hits.
MCHS pitcher Kasey Harvey went the distance for the win, giving up five hits, while striking out five.
Moore County 17, MTCS 0
LYNCHBURG — Getting 17 runs on 13 hits — including a long home run over the left center fence by sophomore Emily Parks — the Moore County High School softball team cruised to a 17-0 victory over Middle Tennessee Christian School on Thursday evening in the opening game of the District 9-A tournament.
In Lynchburg, the Raiderettes left little doubt that earlier 17-0 and 15-0 victories over the Lady Cougars were no fluke.
Moore County’s offense struck quickly and often with six hits in the first inning, including Parks’ two-run homer that really set the tone for the contest. Bri Williams finished with three hits, while senior Kyleigh Camp added a pair. Kate Bowles finished with three RBIs on the day and Parks had two.
The contest lasted just three innings, with senior Abby Grogan working in the circle for Moore County. Grogan gave up one hit and struck out three.