Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
MANCHESTER, Tenn. — When the Coffee County Central High School baseball team needed it most on Wednesday, they did what they’ve done all season in District 8-AAA series – battle back for a win in game two.
Noah Anderson’s RBI-double in the bottom of the sixth inning helped complete the comeback for the Red Raiders (9-9 overall; 6-4 District 8-AAA), who defeated district foe Columbia 5-4 at Powers Field after once trailing 4-0.
Drew Williamson hit two separate ground balls through the center of the infield, first putting the Lions up 1-0 in the second inning and then giving Columbia that 4-0 lead in the top of the third. Williamson and the Lions finished with eight hits, but the momentum flipped on one play in the bottom of the third inning.
Cade Giles got a hold of a low pitch in his at bat, sending the ball to deep left field. Jack Quinn attempted a highlight-reel catch and missed, allowing Jacob Langham and Noah Anderson to score from first and third. Giles’ triple cut the lead to 4-2, giving the Red Raiders new life. Grant Sadler grounded out for another RBI, and Columbia’s lead held at 4-3.
Three straight walks in the bottom of the fourth inning helped set up the game-tying run, which Anderson drove in when he batted into a fielder’s choice. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jacob Langham stood on second after a Columbia balk with one out, once more setting up Anderson’s game-winning hit.
Nathanial Tate struck out Kade Bowden in the top of the seventh to earn the win (1-0) and most importantly give CCHS a series split with Columbia.
NEXT GAME: at Grundy County (King of the Mountain tournament) on Friday, April 15 (11 a.m.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL: Coffee County MS loses heartbreaker to Lincoln County
The Coffee County Middle School baseball team suffered a crushing 8-7 loss to Lincoln County in Fayetteville.
The Red Raiders (8-9 overall) held a 7-3 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Lincoln County scored five runs and ended the drama with a walk-off hit for the win.
CCMS’ lead was built in the top of the sixth inning, when the Red Raiders scored six runs by Curtis Tudor, Lane Spry, Nick Watkins, Griffin Meeker, Braden Brown and Trey Rogers after trailing 2-0.
Spry finished with three hits, recording three RBIs and scoring two runs.
NEXT GAME: Home vs. Lincoln County on Thursday, April 13 (5 p.m.)
Huntland 12, Westwood 7
The Westwood Middle School baseball team fell behind early and never recovered in Huntland, falling to the Hornets 12-7.
It was the third straight loss for the Rockets (5-8), who trailed Huntland 10-1 after four innings.
Brady Nugent finished with three hits in five at bats, scoring twice and also walking once.
NEXT GAME: at Cascade on Thursday, April 13 (5 p.m.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER: Westwood MS ties with Tullahoma
The Westwood Middle School soccer team neither improved or dropped in the wins-losses column, as Wednesday’s match at Dyer-Bouldin Field ended in a 1-1 tie.
John Martinez scored the lone goal for the Rockets (7-4-1 overall), getting an assist from Angel Gonzales.
NEXT MATCH: at Fayetteville on Thursday, April 13 (4:30 p.m.)
South 5, Red Raiders 2
The Coffee County Middle School soccer team had a previous winning streak stopped at three matches with Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at home to South Franklin.
The Red Raiders (4-5 overall) trailed the Trojans 3-0 at halftime, but managed to get goals from Aidan Abellana (Penalty Kick) and Jamie Norris off an assist from Isaiah Campbell.
NEXT MATCH: at Tullahoma on Monday, April 17 (5:30 p.m.)
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