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Raiderettes use Shelbyville play-day as tune up for season-opener

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 am

Moore County senior Emily Powell slides in second during the Raiderettes’ play-day at the Hillard Gardner Sports Complex in Shelbyville on Saturday. The Raiderettes lost all four games as they tune up for their March 14 season-opener. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County senior Emily Powell slides in second during the Raiderettes’ play-day at the Hillard Gardner Sports Complex in Shelbyville on Saturday. The Raiderettes lost all four games as they tune up for their March 14 season-opener. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — With a chilly but clear weekend on tap, the Moore County High School softball team jumped into action on Saturday with a preseason play-day at Shelbyville.

The Raiderettes played four games at the Hillard Gardner Sports Complex, failing to win a game. They lost to Smyrna 6-3; lost to Coffee County 8-1; lost to Marshall County 2-0; and lost to Cornersville 5-2.

“That was a really early play-day that we were playing in. It was more about practice than about the scoreboard,” said Moore County head coach Kim Harvey. “We were looking to see who can help us, who was game ready. We lost some players last year and we were looking to see who can fill those shoes.

“There are two more scrimmages before the start of the season, so that was really like a big practice day.”

MCHS kicks off its regular season on Monday, March 14 with a trip to District 9-A foe Huntland. That’s the beginning of a 25-date schedule that will likely include close to 40 games for the Raiderettes.

Moore County — a senior-laden team with eight players on the roster set to graduate this spring — is scheduled to play in five tournaments, including tournies at Franklin County; at Lookout Valley; at Brentwood; at Cookeville; and at Fayetteville.

The Raiderettes have planned overnight stays for the Lookout Valley Classic on March 25-26 and the Duff Tournament April 15-16 in Cookeville.

Senior night is planned for May 2 and the district tournament starts on May 5. Eagleville will host the tournament this year, while the opening round will be played at the higher seeded team.

Harvey said there were some positives she could take away from last Saturday’s all-day affair.

“I guess the seniors … the more experienced ones hit the ball well,” she said. “The younger girls just need to see more pitches. The younger girls stepped up and pitched. We have some (pitchers) hurt; Abi (Harvey) and Faith (Weddington) stepped up and pitched well.”

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

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