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Warren County and CHS came into this week tied at 5-5 in the district. But Coffee County swept both Monday’s and Tuesday’s games against Warren County to finish 7-5 in the district behind the Cookeville Cavaliers, who have an undefeated district record.
The strong district finish for Coffee County was predicted in a pre-season coaches poll but soon began to look unlikely as the Raiders lost five of their first six district games and opened the season 2-13 overall. Around mid-season, however, the momentum changed as the Raiders went 8-5 overall and 6-0 district in the season’s home stretch. CHS finished the regular season overall at 12-22.
The victory at McMinnville was very much a team effort, sparked once again by the one-two punch of Kyle Douglas and Peyton Meeker, who have combined this season not only to be among team leaders in hitting (Meeker is tops at over .400), but are the two winniest pitchers for the Raiders as well (Douglas is tops with at
least 5 wins).
Both players, along with first baseman John Reece Gilmer, had two hits on the night. Douglas started on the mound and gave up nine hits and two earned runs while striking out four in six innings. Gilmer struck out one in an inning of relief. Neither Coffee County pitcher walked a batter.
Knocking in runs for Coffee County were Douglas, Tyler Cavender, Hunter Smithson, and Meeker with 2 RBIs. Scoring runs for the Raiders were Meeker, Cavender, Gilmer, Jacob Prater and J.P. Duncan.
The Raiders committed no errors in the field
For full game statistics from both games against Warren County, see the Area Sports Ticker in next week’s print edition. For a subscription, including full access to our online edition, click here.