After a convincing but not so easy District 9-A victory over Fayetteville City last week, the Moore County High School softball team split its games in the Lady Warrior Classic over the weekend. The tournament was hosted by Riverdale High School and played at a variety of sites in Rutherford County.
The Raiderettes claimed a pair of wins to go along with two losses. They were scheduled to play LaVergne as well, but the Wolverines forfeited to MCHS.
Moore County head coach Kim Harvey said the Raiderettes had a chance to win all of their games in the tournament but faulty defense hurt them.
“We had 14 errors and we gave up nine earned runs. We should have won all of them without those errors,” said Harvey.
While wins came against Summertown and Father Ryan, the Raiderettes lost to Franklin County and Stewart’s Creek. Still, the tournament gave Harvey a chance to go through her roster and distribute a lot of playing time.
“It was about getting everybody on the field and getting everybody some playing time … seeing who’s ready to play and who’s not,” Harvey added. “We (wanted) to make sure everybody is developing as a player. It’s a measuring stick to see where the players are and playing against triple A schools is a measuring stick for our team.
“Unfortunately we didn’t measure up as well as we would have liked. We did hit the ball really well this weekend. We had 34 hits, so there was a bright spot.”
Heading into the first full week of Spring Break, Moore County’s girls are 7-3 overall and 4-1 in district play. They have a home game against Ezell Harding on tap Wednesday before heading east to play in the Lookout Valley Tournament on Thursday and Friday.
The Raiderettes will jump back into District 9-A play on Tuesday, April 7 as they host Forrest hoping to avenge a 2-1 extra inning loss to the Lady Rockets on March 23.
“The (Lookout Valley) tournament we will approach differently than the other tournament,” said Harvey. “We come back and have Forrest and then go to Huntland, so we will use this tournament to help us prepare for those games.”
By week’s end, the regular season will be at its halfway point. No make-up date has been set for the Cascade game which was scratched due to weather, while the March 20 game against Middle Tennessee Christian has been reset for Thursday, April 23.
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