After fighting its way out of the loser’s bracket with wins over Harris Middle (6-5) and Warren County (7-6) in extra innings, the Coffee County Middle School Lady Raiders advanced to the championship round against Tullahoma Saturday night at East Middle School.
“The game against Warren was tough but the girls did a great job stringing hits together,” said CMS head coach Lana Creek. “We turned right around and played Tullahoma; the girls did what we talk about all the time, and that’s the importance of everyone doing their job and we were able to rack up another win and force game two.”
The Lady Raiders would have to beat the Lady Wildcats in back-to-back games to claim the Central Tennessee Conference championship. Game one went in favor of CCMS, forcing a game two but Tullahoma came to life in the second game to claim a 12-8 win.
Erin Ferrell earned the nod in the pitching circle in game one, picking up the win while allowing eight hits while striking out four in a 3-2 Lady Raider win.
Tullahoma scored in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead but the Lady Raiders answered in the bottom of the inning when Kasarah Scheller singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Tatum Baldwin single. Baldwin then scored on a first-and-third play to give CCMS a 2-1 lead.
Shelby Scrivnor finished the game with a double, triple and RBI to lead the way offensively while Karlyssa Meadows and Scheller each added singles. Each team added one more run in the game, forcing game two.
The Lady Wildcats came out firing in game two, smacking 13 hits, including three doubles and a triple to take the championship with a 12-8 win.
“We are extremely proud of the way the girls played Saturday,” said Creek. “To play three games back to back is tough, but they responded well. They did a good job, it just seemed like once Tullahoma got on a hot streak, they stayed on it. We answered back, but it just wasn’t enough.”
The Lady Raiders fell behind 3-0 in the first inning. CHS scored two runs in the home-half of the second to cut the Lady ‘Cat lead to 3-2.
Tullahoma fired back in the top of the third, however, scoring four runs to push the lead to 7-2. Paige Vaughn had the big hit for the Lady Wildcats in the inning, smacking a double to the fence to score a pair. The other two runs in the half-inning came on CCMS throwing errors.
Scrivnor belted a double to get things going for the Lady Raiders in the bottom of the third and scored on a Lauren Tomberlin triple. In total, CCMS was able to plate three runs in third to cut the Tullahoma lead to 7-5.
A five-run fourth inning for the Lady Wildcats was too much for the Lady Raiders to overcome, however. CCMS scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth but were unable to complete a rally…
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