Central High School softball traveled down to Tullahoma Thursday, April 18, for the second of a two-game district series. The Lady Raiders only allowed a single Lady Cat run on the way to a 6-1 victory and a sweep of the crosstown rival.
"I thought they came out with a lot of energy and against Tullahoma of course they would," Coach Brandon McWhorter said. "We talked about if you want to be a state champion, these are the kind of games, four games in a row, keep that energy."
This was the team's fourth win of the week after suffering two back-to-back losses the week prior.
"It just shows you they're growing as a team," McWhorter said. "They're able to get past those losses and move on to the next game."
CHS got on the board in the top of the first inning when Keri Munn singled on a ground ball to left field, bringing in Katie Rutledge. Tullahoma responded with the tying run in the bottom of the third when Lila Saunders came in on a grounder to right from Demi Garner.
The Lady Raiders didn't let the game stay tied for long. The next inning, Justus Turner drilled a ball to center field for a double. Sarah West and Olivia Evans came home on the play to put CHS up 3-1.
After forcing three straight Tullahoma outs in the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Raiders came back to the plate ready for more. Following a triple from Rutledge, Kiya Ferrell sent one over the left field fence for a two-run home run.
That's the fourth time this week that Katie Rutledge has had a triple," Ferrell said. "I just knew that she's been left on third every time and I just knew we needed to get her in."
Up 5-1 after the homer, CHS added one more in the top of the seventh to cap off the evening.
The team finished with ten hits, with two each from Turner, Munn, Rutledge and Ferrell. Munn pitched through seven innings, striking out nine while holding Tullahoma to four hits and one run.