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Bats come alive for CHS Lady Raiders

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

For most of the season the CHS Lady Raiders softball squad has relied on overpowering pitching to win games. This week their bats became overwelming as well.

In its past two softball games Coffee County has scored a combined 33 runs while allowing only one. On Wednesday the Lady Raiders avenged Monday’s 1-0 loss to Cookeville by demolishing the Lady Cavs 19-1 on their home ground. The shock and awe at Cookeville followed an earlier 14-0 no-hit victory over White County at Manchester on Tuesday.

Anna Spellings went 4-for-4 with a homer, 3 runs and 4 RBIs at Cookeville. (File photo by Milton Stanley)

At Cookeville the Lady Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Cookeville managed one run in the bottom of the third before Coffee County’s 13-run fourth effectively shut the door on the Lady Cavs. A four-run fifth was icing on the cake.

Leading the offensive charge for Coffee County were pitcher Brianna Jones with two home runs, a double and 3 RBIs. Centerfielder Anna Spellings went 4-for-4 with a homer, 4 RBIs and a stolen base. Shortstop Ginny Clayborne continued her solid hitting with a double and 3 RBIs.

This week’s runfests have raised the Lady Raiders’ season batting average by 25 points to .271. Leading hitters after 18 games are Spellings (.432) and Clayborne (.426).  Spellings is also tops in slugging percentage (.841) and on-base percentage (.528). Also posting impressive on-base numbers are Clayborne (.523) and outfielder Brittany Williams (.474).

Coffee County is now 14-5 (3-1, District 6-AAA). The Lady Raiders play again Tuesday, April 9, at Cumberland County.