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Coffee County’s offense erupted for five runs in the third inning and Brianna Jones pitched a shutout to lead the Central
High School Lady Raiders to a 5-0 win over Soddy Daisy in the Region 3-AAA championship in Manchester Wednesday.
“Awesome win. Soddy-Daisy is such an exceptional program. They’ve always been our arch-rival in years past, ever since I started this in 1996,” said CHS head coach Terry Floyd. “My girls, they just did everything right tonight. We had a little scare the first inning, they came right back. That’s the sign of a championship team right there.”
The win means the Lady Raiders will host the state sectional game Friday for a chance to go to the state tournament. Riverdale, which lost to Smyrna 5-1 Wednesday in the Region 4-AAA title, will travel to Manchester for the 7 p.m. tilt Friday. The winner will advance to the TSSAA BlueCross Spring Fling. The loser’s season will be over. If Coffee County wins it would mean back-to-back trips to the state tournament for the first time since the 1999 and 2000 seasons and the programs fourth trip in its history.
Coffee County is 0-2 against Riverdale in state sectional games.
Wednesday night in Manchester, Coffee County scored all its runs in the bottom of the third. Senior Ginny Clayborne opened the inning with a single, and Bethany Baker followed by beating out a sacrifice bunt. Ashlyn Young loaded the bases with a single to left. Bricen Hunt singled and scored Clayborne, and Jones followed with a two-RBI double to put the Lady Raiders up by three. Alaina Lusk beat out another sacrifice bunt to score Taylor Barnes, running for Hunt, and courtesy runner Tyger Fenton, running for Jones, scored the team’s fifth run on a wild pitch.
The Lady Trojans threatened in the first inning when their first two batters reached on a hit and an error and were both advanced to scoring position with a fielder’s choice to third. But Jones struck out the next batter and the Soddy-Daisy cleanup hitter grounded out to Baker at third base
Soddy-Daisy managed to scatter four more base runners over four innings, and never posed a serious threat to Coffee County’s lead.
Jones allowed six hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out 10 to pick up the win. Clayborne, Baker, and Young each ripped two hits on the night to account for six of Coffee County’s eight hits.
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