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Lady Raiders’ final pre-season tune-up benefits former coach

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

Pictured is former CCHS coach Terry Floyd, his family and former players during a benefit playday in his honor on March 9 in Manchester.
(Photo provided by Jackie Wilder)

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer 

The effects of Coffee County Central High School’s softball scrimmage versus DeKalb County on Thursday, March 9 were insignificant as far as records are concerned. But this game meant more because of who was there to witness it.

Former CCHS softball coach Terry Floyd, who is currently awaiting a liver transplant, was on hand to witness the Lady Raiders defeat DeKalb County 2-1 in four innings in the first game of a benefit playday that was organized to help raise money for the cost of his imminent procedure.

“I’ve met a lot of people in my 20 years of coaching,” said Floyd, who sat with his wife, Teresa Floyd, behind home plate.

“It was good to see the support.”

“I just remember as a sophomore and freshman he was a rock,” said senior Kaylee Skipper, who pitched all four innings against the Lady Tigers.

“I don’t even know how to explain it, but I can’t wait for him to get better and I’m so honored to have been able to play for him.”

With the game tied at one in the bottom of the fourth and final inning, senior Tori Bell, one of Floyd’s former players, drove in Katie Rutledge with a sacrifice bunt.

“I laughed with Tori and told her she did a great job,” Floyd explained. “A lot of times players will try to hit the ball hard. She laid down a perfect bunt.”

It was the perfect end to a perfect night for Terry Floyd , who earlier that day found out that he had reached the top of the waiting list for a new liver.

 Reach Demarco Moore at dmoore@manchestertimes.com, and follow him on Twitter @iam__demo