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The Central High School Lady Raider softball team opened the season in dominating fashion Monday, shutting out Lawrence County 7-0 in Manchester.
“I was really pleased with how the girls preformed,” said CHS head coach Terry Floyd. “I didn’t know what to expect out of Lawrenceburg but we hit the ball well. I think we will get better. Our pitching was dominant and it was a good win for us.”
After the Lady Wildcats went three-up, three-down in the top of the first, starting pitcher Bethany Baker got things going for the Lady Raiders. Baker drew a walk to start the half-inning then stole second on a wild pitch, eventually scoring on a Shelby Giles bunt. Abby Woods then scored when Paige Baker was safe on a dropped third strike. Giles and Baker scored the final runs of the inning on a Maegan Phillips line-drive single.
“I was pleased with how we hit the ball because that is something we had been struggling with,” explained Floyd. “We hit the ball well in the Shelbyville playday and it carried over to tonight so we have something to build on for sure.”
After stymieing the Lawrence County offense for two more innings, the Lady Raiders added one more run in the third. Woods scored on a fielding error after singling to start the inning, making the score 5-0.
Brianna Jones closed the game in the circle for CHS and blew through the Lady Wildcat lineup to seal the win.
The Lady Raider offense provided some insurance in the fifth inning.
Baker singled to start the inning and Brittany Williams reached on an error. Both scored on a Giles double to make the score 7-0.
Little did the Red Raiders know but Monday’s season opener turned into two games.
Central High School and Warren County locked up in a pitchers dual Monday in McMinnville and in the end it was Warren County coning out on top with a 2-1 win in 14 innings.
The Raider pitching staff and defense was lights out as they took the game into the 14th inning without giving up a run.
Raider senior Kyle Douglas pitched six innings of one-hit baseball, walking only two and striking out six as the CHS starter. After six the Raiders turned to senior John Reese Gilmer, who pitched through the tenth inning, striking out six while not surrendering a walk.
Dylan Sandoval then came in for innings 11 and 12 with no walks and one strikeout. Trace Friedlein pitched an inning and two-thirds to close the game and was hit with the loss.
The Raiders scored their lone run in the top of the fourteenth but the Pioneers answered with two in the bottom half to win the game.
The Raiders scored on a squeeze play, plating Hudson Rollman on a two-strike J.P. Duncan bunt. CHS finished with 10 hits as a team. Douglas, Tyler Cavender, Peyton Meeker, and Rollman each had two hits in the game.
CHS tennis dropped a pair to Tullahoma: 5-2 in boys and 6-1 in girls. Senior Raiders Matt Johnson and Kyle Johnson picked up wins on the boys side and Maddie Taylor scored for the girls.
Westwood softball beat Huntland 17-5.
CCMS soccer fell to Tullahoma 7-1.
Westwood Soccer beat Webb 5-1.