UNIONVILLE — A three-run homer by Mariah Ward was part of a four-run third inning that helped the Moore County Raiderettes pull away from Community on Monday night. At Unionville, the Raiderettes went on to pick up an 11-2 victory to remain unbeaten in District 9-A play.
Moore County led 6-0 after three innings and then expanded its lead to 9-2 in the sixth. Sierra Bateman scored on a passed ball and a two-RBI double by Ward plated Amberlyn Holman and Kate Bowles. MCHS went ahead 10-2 when Ward scored on a double by Emily Parks, who was thrown out at third as she tried to stretch it into a triple.
In the seventh inning, Savannah Williams scored on Emily Powell’s RBI to give the visitors a nine-run lead, 11-2, heading into the bottom of the inning.
Bowles helped the Raiderettes grab an early 2-0 lead when she ripped a two-RBI blast down the left field line, driving home Bateman and Kyleigh Camp in the first inning.
Moore County (8-5, 5-0) had little trouble with the Community pitching, as the Raiderettes belted 12 hits in the contest. Ward was 2-for-3 with a walk and five RBIs to her credit.
Bowles was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs; Parks was 3-for-4; and Bateman was 2-for-4.
Kasey Harvey gave up four hits, while striking out eight to earn the win.
The only offense the Viqueens could muster was a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
Moore County is scheduled to play at Fayetteville City at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Raiderettes will host Franklin County at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and then play at Ardmore, Ala., in the Ardmore Battle of the Border on Friday night and Saturday.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor (Robert Holman may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)