The Moore County varsity softball team jumped out to an early lead against Community and picked up an 11-1 victory on Tuesday, March 26.
Eight runs in the first three innings allowed Moore County to put the game away early. The Viqueens lone run came in the top of the first inning. Moore County scored two in the bottom of the frame and three runs in each of the second, third, fourth and fifth innings for the final margin of victory.
An RBI single by Sierra Bateman and an RBI triple by Kasey Harvey during the first inning and an RBI single by Kelsey Camp and a two-run single by Sarah Raby in the second inning fueled Moore County’s offense.
Camp reached base three times in the game; she scored three runs and had one RBI.
In the third, Moore County scored on an RBI triple by Savannah Stevens, bringing home Mariah Ward.
The Raiderettes added to their lead with three runs in the fourth. A single by Kate Bowles ignited the offense, plating Raby. That was followed up by Ward’s single, scoring Harvey.
Harvey recorded eight strikeouts as the freshman righty kept the Viqueens off balance most of night. In five innings of work, Harvey gave up three hits, didn’t allow an earned run and didn’t issue a walk.
Moore County batters, meanwhile, hammered away at the Viqueens — combining for 14 hits — while visiting Community was guilty of seven errors.
“Today we made too many defensive mistakes to expect to compete with a team like Moore County,” said Community coach Eric Hunt. “Give Coach Austin’s girls credit, they hit well tonight.”
Community got a pair of hits from Gaby Ramos and one from Sarah Pierce.
A day later, Camp, Emily Powell and Harvey had three hits each in a 14-0 four-inning onslaught over Fayetteville City. Harvey had five RBIs as the Raiderettes belted out 16 hits against the Tigers.
The Raiderettes were off this week. They return to the diamond with a trip to Community on Monday as they jump back in District 9-A play. After going 3-4 in the Warrior Southern Classic over the weekend, Moore County is 7-5 overall and off to a 4-0 start in district play.