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Raiders lose first district game of the season

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Moore County head coach Jeremy Austion (middle) talks with the Raiderettes during a break in Monday's game at Forrest. Moore County lost 3-0. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

CHAPEL HILL — Four errors and just five hits is hardly a recipe for success, especially when facing a perennial district contender. District 9-A power Forrest knocked off the Moore County Raiderettes 3-0 on Monday night, sending a clear message that arguably the league’s most successful program isn’t prepared to move aside for its young Moore County rivals just yet.

The Lady Rockets took advantage of two errors in the fourth inning and four in the contest to avenge an earlier loss to MCHS in Lynchburg. The win helped the hosts split the season series with Moore County and stay in the hunt for the 9-A regular season crown as the final conference game approaches on Thursday.

The Raiderettes were slated to host Cascade on Tuesday night — MCHS rallied for an 11-8 victory over the Lady Champions — and will play Middle Tennessee Christian on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Monday in Chapel Hill, the game was in a scoreless deadlock until Forrest plated two runs in the fourth inning. A double by Katie Warrick started the rally. Teammate Liz Daughrity reached on a Moore County error with two outs, which allowed Warrick to score.

A hard-hit single by Jessica Harmon moved Forrest’s courtesy runner over to third and she eventually scored on another Moore County error. As it turned out, that’s all the offense the Lady Rockets would need.

Other than a 3-for-3 outing by Moore County’s Mariah Ward, the Raiderettes’ bats were kept relatively quite by Forrest pitcher Sara Jordan, who kept the Raiderettes off-balance with her off-speed pitch. She struck out four and gave up just five hits.

Moore County pitcher Kasey Harvey fanned six, while giving up seven hits and three runs in the loss.

In a make-up game with Cascade last Thursday night, Moore County toppled the Lady Champions 8-0 in Wartrace.

It took a couple of innings for the Raiderettes to get going, but once they did, they were hardly slowed. MCHS used a two-out rally in the third inning to break open a scoreless game.

Kate Bowles finished with a pair of triples while playing a DH in the flex spot. It was the first of those three-baggers, which, on a blustery night, tailed off toward the corner in right field that sparked a Raiderettes’ scoring spree.

Moore County used patience at the plate to get to the Cascade pitcher, forcing deep pitch counts throughout the night.

***** Notes: Moore County (19-12 overall, 10-1 District 9-A) played in the Lincoln County Border Battle over the weekend, going 1-2 in pool play before falling to Greenbrier 4-2 in the opening round of tournament play Saturday afternoon. … The Raiderettes wrap up the regular season at home against Richland on Monday. … Moore County will play in a tournament in Coffee County this weekend. … The District 9-A tournament starts May 2 and will be hosted by Huntland.