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The District 6-AAA leading Cookeville Cavaliers came to Powers Field Tuesday and handed the Central High School Red Raiders a 11-1 loss and squashed any recent momentum that could have been build after a pair of wins over the weekend.
Cookeville jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and continued to score in every inning thereafter. Cavs ace Ryan Eberle picked up the win in the Cavs’ second run-rule win over the Raiders this spring.
In their first-inning turn at the plate the Red Raiders opened with two singles from Kyle Douglas and Peyton Meeker but were unable to push those runners across the plate.
The Cavs shut down Coffee County in order for the next three innings before sophomore Jacob
Prater opened the fifth with an infield single. The next batter, Hunter Smithson, drove in Prater with a double but was soon picked off at second to shift the momentum once again. Tyler Bradshaw reached first as a hit batsman, and Douglas advanced him to third on his second hit of the game. For the second time, however, Coffee County left two runners stranded.
Meeker, who pitched all five innings for Coffee County, took the loss to fall to 1-2 for the season. Coffee County’s record now stands at 4-13 (1-4 in district play).
The Raiders travel to Cookeville for the second game of the two-game series Wednesday.
For complete, in-depth coverage pick up next week’s (April 10) print edition of the Manchester Times.