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Red Raider senior Kyle Douglas took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out 13 Lawrence County batters as Central High School beat Lawrence County 2-1 in District 8-AAA play at Powers Field Wednesday afternoon.
“I felt really good tonight,” said Douglas. “For the first time this year I was able to locate all three pitches.”
Douglas surrendered three hits in the final two innings, the first came in the top of the sixth when the Wildcats tied the game 1-1. The Raiders had maintained a 1-0 lead since the bottom of the bottom of the second when Hunter Smithson scored on a Trace Freidlien sacrifice fly.
Douglas pitched his way out of a jam in the top of the seventh inning, having surrendered two more hits after CHS had regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Zach Holder scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a Hunter Smithson single.
“Hunter was big for us tonight,” said CHS head coach Brent Whitlock. “He scored the first run and then had the winning hit in the sixth.”
The win puts the Raiders one game ahead of the Wildcats in the district standings heading into a trip to Lawrence County to close out the two-game district series on Thursday.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Whitlock. “We need to go out tomorrow and do the same thing. We will have Peyton [Meeker] on the mound so we just need to get timely hits and play solid defense behind him.”
Brianna Jones pitched her fourth no-hitter of the season and struck out 14 in the a 3-0 win for the Lady Raiders at Lawrence County.
Bethany Baker continued to be hot at the plate, combining with freshman Kaylee Skipper for two hits each in the game.
“Brianna pitched another great game and we did what we had to do,” said CHS head coach Terry Floyd. “We needed to come out and take care of business and get another district win and the girls did that.”
The Lady Raiders play in the Lincoln County Border Battle this weekend.
The Central High School tennis squad lost to Lincoln County in Fayetteville Wednesday afternoon.
Kyle Johnson and Matt Johnson picked up the only win for the boys in doubles action as the Raiders lost 6-1.
In girls play, Maddie Taylor and Abby Ferrell picked up singles wins while Ferrell and Karlee Reed earned a doubles win but the Lady Raiders lost 4-3.
The Westwood soccer team earned an 8-0 win over Cascade in the first round of the Duck River Valley Conference tournament Wednesday afternoon at Dyer-Boudlin Field in Manchester.
Paco Barrera and Leo Botello each netted a hat trick in the game while Ethan Apblanalp and Julio Guzman each scored once.
The Rockets advance to the semi-finals Monday at Riverside Christian in Fayetteville.
The Raiders split a double header at Tullahoma on Wednesday. They dropped game one 2-0 but bounced back for a 5-2 win in game two.
Alontae Taylor struck out 13 in the second game to earn the win. He also notched three hits for the squad. Nathaniel Tate smacked a home run that capped a four run third frame.
Coffee Middle is now 14-4 on the season with a conference game against White County at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Fred Deadman.