CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Moore County High School softball team salvaged a long weekend tournament with a 5-0 victory over Sweetwater on Saturday morning.
At Lookout Valley in Chattanooga, the Raiderettes lost all three games they entered on Friday before finally breaking through with a win on Saturday.
Moore County wasted little time surging ahead on Saturday. The Raiderettes scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed. They added two runs in the top of the fifth.
Senior Emily Powell singled in the first inning, took third and scored on a double by fellow senior Mariah Ward. Kasey Harvey hit a two-out, RBI triple toward left field to score Ward.
Haley Pomarico, running for Harvey, eventually scored on an error by the Sweetwater centerfielder, which allowed Savannah Stevens to reach first in the process. Stevens was stranded at third, however, when Taylor LaCook went down swinging to end the MCHS rally.
Harvey then handled the Sweetwater batters with a solid three-inning outing in the circle. She gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one.
Harvey did put three aboard in the bottom of the first inning as Sweetwater tried to cut into the lead. A error charged to the Moore County infield, followed by a single and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. But Harvey battled back and recorded her first strikeout of the game to get out of the inning.
She scattered two hits over the next two innings before giving way to her sister, Abi Harvey, who worked the final three innings. Abi Harvey gave up three hits and fanned two as the sisters combined for the shutout to help MCHS improve to 6-5 on the season.
Powell and Ward had two hits apiece for Moore County. Kasey Harvey, Stevens, LaCook and Emily Parks finished with one hit each, while Ward had three RBIs.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Raiderettes, who entered the weekend tournament sporting a 5-2 record.
They lost 11-3 to Marion County on Friday morning; dropped a 4-1 decision to Red Bank on Friday afternoon; and fell 6-5 to host Lookout Valley on Friday night after surrendering three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
The Raiderettes had opportunities in Friday’s nightcap, but despite outhitting Lookout Valley 10-6, Moore County was guilty of three errors.
Two infield errors in the first inning by Moore County helped Lookout Valley plate three runs and take a 3-2 lead. MCHS bounced back and, after a scoreless second inning, plated three runs in the bottom of the third to build a 5-3 lead.
A scoreless fourth then led to Lookout Valley’s three-run, come-from-behind fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, LaCook and Abi Harvey each grounded out. A two-out single by Parks put the tying run on board for Moore County, but Daisy Pierce grounded out to end the game.
Moore County is scheduled to host Huntland in a key District 9-A contest on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Raiderettes will then head to a third weekend tourney of the young season as they play in the Chick-fil-a Classic in Brentwood on Friday and Saturday.
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