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Raiderettes stay alive with win over stubborn Fayetteville

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm

MCHS junior Emily Parks (pitching here agains Eagleville last month) worked seven innings against Fayetteville on Mondat as the Raiderettes earned a 4-3 win to keep to keep their season alive. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

MCHS junior Emily Parks (pitching here against Eagleville last month) worked seven innings against Fayetteville on Monday as the Raiderettes earned a 4-3 win to keep to keep their season alive. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

EAGLEVILLE, Tenn. — The Moore County High School softball team kept its season alive Monday night thanks to a third-inning rally that led to a 4-3 victory over a pesky Fayetteville Lady Tigers squad in the consolation bracket of the District 9-A tournament.

Playing at Eagleville High School, the Raiderettes trailed 2-0 heading to the bottom of the second inning. Moore County finally plated a run in the home half of the inning and then held Fayetteville scoreless in the third.

The Raiderettes did the bulk of their scoring in the bottom of the third, when they plated three runs to take a lead they’d never relinquish.

Senior Emily Powell ignited the Moore County offense, first by driving a ball to deep right field that went just foul. Powell then took the very next pitch back to right field where it dropped in for a base hit.

Following Powell, Mariah Ward drove a pitch over the centerfielder’s head for an RBI triple to tie the game at 2-2. A single by Savannah Stevens pushed Ward across and Moore County finally had the lead, albeit a slim one at 3-2.

Hayley Pomarico, who was in as a courtesy runner for catcher Kate Bowles, scored on a passed ball, giving MCHS a 4-2 advantage.

Fayetteville scored a lone run in the top of the fifth inning to keep the pressure on. But Moore County pitcher Emily Parks, who notched the win, used an eight-pitch inning to retire the side in the seventh and help the Raiderettes move on in the tournament.

The Raiderettes, the No. 1 overall seed, were upset on Saturday by No. 5 seed Huntland and have been forced to navigate through the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament.

In Monday’s second game, Community eliminated host Eagleville.

Forrest and Huntland were scheduled for a 5 p.m. game in the winner’s bracket finals Tuesday, while Moore County was scheduled to play Community at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening in another elimination game, weather permitting. If the Raiderettes win again, they would play on Wednesday against the Huntland/Forrest loser.

—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (mcnpub@lcs.net)

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