Central High School softball continued its opening week Wednesday evening, March 13, traveling to Lynchburg to take on Moore County. Lady Raider pitcher Keri Munn held the Raiderettes to three hits on the way to a 3-0 CHS victory.
"It was a great team win, our defense was amazing," Munn said. "Offense, we pulled it through."
The win came one day after the Lady Raiders opened the season with a 13-1 blowout over Shelbyville. While the CHS hit count was lower Wednesday, the team made up in the field by minimizing chances for Moore County to take bases.
"It speaks wonders. The girls, they don't ever get down. They understand that the game's in control," Coach Brandon McWhorter said. "All we've got to do is put a couple of runs in and if that's all we need that's all we'll take."
The Lady Raiders got on the board early in the first inning on the game's third at-bat. With Katie Rutledge on second base and Ashley Evans on first following a walk, Sarah West drilled a line drive to left field for a double, sending Rutledge and Evans home in the process.
The Lady Raiders maintained a 2-0 lead for the next several innings, with Munn keeping Moore County's bats unsuccessful through the bottom of the fifth.
Moore County's Emily Steelman hit a grounder to center field for a single with one out, the Lady Raiders turned two on the next at-bat to minimize damage.
CHS scored the game's final run in the sixth. With Brianna Shelton on second base as Munn's courtesy runner, Kiya Ferrell hit a line drive double to center field to send Shelton home and give the Lady Raiders a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Raiders were unable to find a run through the game's remainder and CHS improved to 2-0 on the season.
"That's something that we've talked about as a group. We want to start strong," McWhorter said. "We wanted to come out with a couple good wins here. Next week's a busy week and we know we want to come out ahead that week too."
Munn pitched through all seven innings and finished with eight strikeouts. At the plate, Rutledge and Olivia Evans led the way with two hits each.