Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
It had been a week since the Coffee County Central High School softball team last played a game, and the Lady Raiders knocked the rust off with two home runs in extra innings to beat Franklin County 11-5 on the road in District 8-AAA play.
The Lady Raiders (14-8 overall; 6-1 District 8-AAA) broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh when Katie Rutledge doubled to bring home Ashlynn Morton and Raven Rogers. But the Rebelettes responded with two runs of their own in the home half of the inning to extend the game.
It didn’t take long for CCHS to shut the door on their district rival.
Lauren Tomberlin blasted a lead-off home run to give the Lady Raiders a 6-5 lead. Rutledge added another run with two outs in the inning, and Tori Bell cleared the bases with her only hit of the game — a grand slam home run to turn what was a close game into a rout.
Franklin County’s only lead came came in the bottom of the third inning, when the Rebelettes scored three runs on two singles and an error to go ahead 3-2.
Bell finished with four RBIs to lead the Lady Raiders, who cranked out 21 hits. Kaylee Skipper (10-4) earned her 10th win of the season, allowing two runs, five hits and also throwing two strikeouts in three innings of relief pitching.
NEXT GAME: Home vs. Shelbyville on Tuesday, April 18 (7 p.m.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL TENNIS: CCMS tennis plays in shortened match
Due to Monday’s inclement weather, the Coffee County Middle School tennis team had to end its match early against East Tullahoma.
The Red Raiders did pick up a few wins on the boys and girls side before the match was called.
Jayda Wright (6-0), Anna Amado (6-2), Lucy Riddle (6-0) and Wren Lawson (6-1) all won their singles matches for the Lady Raiders.
Tyler Rigney (6-0) was the lone Red Raider to pick up a victory over East.
NEXT MATC : Home versus Shelbyville on Monday, April 24 (4 p.m.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER: CCMS soccer falls to Tullahoma in shortened match
The East Tullahoma Middle School soccer team scored four goals in a half to defeat Coffee County Middle School 4-0 before the game was called due to inclement weather.
The Red Raiders (4-6 overall) made some switches on defense after the Panthers scored their final goal, according to head coach Kenny Lockhart, and had some success but could not put the ball into the net.
NEXT MATCH: at Harris on Wednesday, April 19 (5:30 p.m.)