CHS baseball splits first day of tournament
Central High School baseball kicked off the opening day of the Grundy County Tournament with a pair of games at Sequatchie County High School. The Raiders lost their first matchup with South Pittsburg 7-2 before bouncing back with a 7-2 win over Community.
Against South Pittsburg, CHS notched its first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kael McCall knocked a line drive to center field and brought Hayden Skipper home to make it a 2-1 game. South Pittsburg responded in the next inning by scoring two more.
The Raiders had one more in the bottom of the seventh when Brady Nugent scored on an error in right field.
CHS finished the game with four hits, led by Skyler Bratcher with two. Zack Milan pitched through the first six innings, finishing with three strikeouts, seven hits and four runs. Owen Neel came in on relief for one inning, striking out one while surrendering five hits and three runs.
In their second game against Community, the Raiders went up early and stayed ahead for the win. Bratcher got it started in the top of the first, coming home from third on a wild pitch.
Up 3-2 in the top of the seventh, CHS took off for four runs to find some breathing room. Bratcher again kicked it off with a line drive to left, bringing in Kyle Farless and Skipper. Lane Spry followed with another line drive to left to drive in McCall and Connor Shemwell.
The team finished with six hits, again led by Bratcher with three. Griffin Meeker pitched through all seven innings, striking out two and surrendering eight hits and two runs.
CMS softball powers past Lincoln County
Traveling to Fayetteville Friday, April 12, a five-run second inning helped Coffee Middle softball push ahead of Lincoln County for a 9-2 win. Jalie Davis got it started on a line drive to left field, bringing in Savannah Cooper and Alivia Reel. Up 2-0, CMS added three more from Davis, Madison Pruitt and Aleayia Barnes to finish the second up 5-0.
Lincoln County added one run in the third, but CMS responded with another four in the top of the fifth to put the game away after five innings.
CMS finished with 11 hits, led by Davis with three. Davis also pitched through all five innings striking out two and surrendering five hits and two runs.