CHAPEL HILL — Moore County downed Forrest 8-1 on Thursday, sweeping the two-game regular season series from the Lady Rockets, while handing them just their third loss of the season.
The Raiderettes (16-3 overall, 11-0 District 9-A) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning and added one run in the third. After Forrest scored in the bottom of the third inning, the Raiderettes plated three more in the fifth inning and then added an insurance run in the top of the sixth.
Moore County had six hits in the game, including two each from Sierra Bateman, Kasey Harvey and Kate Bowles. Harvey and Amberlyn Holman had two RBIs each for the Raiderettes, while Bowles, Kyleigh Camp and Emily Parks each had an RBI as well.
Harvey struck out seven, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks en route to the victory.
MCHS took control in the second, as the Raiderettes scored three runs. Harvey singled, while Bowles and Mariah Ward each reached on errors to load the bases.
Camp’s sac fly gave Moore County a 1-0 lead. Holman hit into a fielder’s choice, but was able to push across another run in the process. Parks followed with another fielder’s choice but collected an RBI as well as the visitors built a 3-0 lead.
Moore County’s three runs in the fifth came on a groundout by Harvey, an RBI single by Bowles and a sacrifice fly by Holman.
Bateman, Harvey and Bowles were each 2-for-4 in the contest. Harvey and Bateman each had a double also.
Forrest’s lone run came of a solo home run over the centerfield fence in the third inning.
The win wrapped up the District 9-A regular season crown for Moore County for the second straight season.
For more Moore County High School softball coverage, see the April 3 and April 10 print editions of the Moore County News.
—ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor & Publisher