HUNTLAND — Moore County’s District 9-A tournament opener came four days after the start of the postseason tournament. A first-round bye, combined with a rain out on Saturday made the Raiderettes wait a little longer to get started than the other six teams in the tournament.
But once they finally took the field Monday night, the Raiderettes’ offense showed little signs of rust in a 14-0 rout of host Huntland.
The Moore County bats torched the Lady Hornets for 17 hits, with Kelsey Camp and Mariah Ward belting three hits apiece. Camp was 3-for-4, while Ward was 3-for-3. Kelsey Camp and Kyleigh Camp had two RBIs each as well.
Emily Powell, Kasey Harvey, Savannah Stevens, Sarah Raby and Kyleigh Camp had two hits each.
Meanwhile, Moore County pitcher Harvey tossed a no-hitter, striking out 11 and walking a pair on her way to the victory.
The win puts Moore County in the winner’s bracket final of the double-elimination tournament. The Raiderettes were to play Forrest on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The game was originally set for Tuesday until the unkind weekend weather pushed the tournament back a day. Results of the contest were not available at press time.
Forrest advanced to Wednesday’s game thanks to a narrow 11-10 win over Cascade on Monday night. The Moore County/Forrest winner will advance to Thursday’s 9-A Tournament championship game. Forrest and Moore County split their regular-season series, with each team earning a 3-1 victory.
In the loser’s bracket on Tuesday, Cascade was slated to face Community, while Huntland was scheduled to play the Eagleville/MTCS winner.
The tournament got under way last Thursday, with Huntland topping Community 5-3; Cascade beating Eagleville 8-1; and Forrest beating Middle Tennessee Christian 6-1.
The loser’s bracket final is scheduled for 5 p.m. this Thursday, with the championship game set for 6:30 p.m. An ‘if necessary’ game is penciled in for 6 p.m. on Friday just in case.