NOTE: CHS tennis vs. Columbia was postponed, make-up date is Monday, April 22
CHS baseball falls just short to Marshall County
Central High School baseball was back home at Powers Field Thursday, April 18, to take on Marshall County. The Red Raiders took off early, but fell behind in an 8-7 loss.
CHS got it started with a four-run second inning. Griffin Meeker connected on a grounder and advanced to second on an error, sending home Dylan Koon and Connor Shemwell in the process. Two at-bats later, Meeker stole home with Hayden Skipper coming right behind on an error.
The Raiders' 4-0 lead lasted for half an inning. The Tigers responded with four of their own in the top of the third and took the lead with three more in the fourth.
Down 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, CHS got back on the board when Skyler Bratcher scored on a line drive from Owen Neel. Harley Hinshaw later sent Neel and Kael McCall home on a line drive to left, tightening Marshall's lead to 8-7. CHS was unable to add any more and fell just shy of the comeback.
The team finished with 10 hits, led by Meeker with three. Braden Brown took the loss on the mound, striking out four and giving up four hits and four runs through 4.2 innings. Zack Milan came in on relief for 2.1 innings, striking out one while surrendering five hits and four runs.
CHS soccer draws with Franklin County
Central High School soccer traveled to Winchester Thursday, April 18, for a district match with Franklin County.
The Red Raiders took an early lead, but the Rebels found the tying shot for a 1-1 draw.
Briggs Haithcock got CHS on the board in the game's 15th minute on an assist from Clinton Ferrell.
Still up 1-0 at intermission, Franklin County hit the back of the net in the 55th minute. Neither team found another goal to end the game at 1-1.
CMS baseball stays ahead of Cannon County
Coffee County Middle baseball hosted Cannon County Thursday, April 18. The Red Raiders went up early and held off a late Cannon push for a 5-4 victory.
CMS went up in the first inning after a double from Jacob Holder sent in Hayden Garr. Holder followed across the plate on the next at-bat on a fly ball from Nolan Jernigan to go up 2-0.
After Cannon scored its first run in the top of the third, CMS responded with three more in the bottom of the inning. Cole Pippenger came home, followed on the next at-bat by a two-run homer from Holder.
Cannon County added three more in the fifth inning, but the Raiders didn't give up another run to secure the win.
The team finished with nine hits, with two each from Pippenger, Holder and Blayne Myers. Jernigan pitched through four innings, striking out four while surrendering five hits and three runs. Pippenger came in for three innings, notching five strikeouts and allowing one hit and one run.
WMS softball holds on against Liberty
Westwood Middle softball returned to Manchester Thursday, April 18, for a matchup with Liberty. The Lady Rockets went up early and survived a late Liberty push to get the 5-4 victory on eighth grade night.
Aeriana Anderson got it started in the bottom of the first inning by driving in Abby Clark and Brooklyn Blake on a fly out to left field. Anderson again delivered in the fifth, sending Blake home with another fly ball to center to put Westwood up 3-0.
Liberty got on the board with a pair of runs in the next inning, but the Lady Rockets responded with two more from Audri Patton and Clark for a 5-2 lead. Liberty added two more in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Rockets didn't let them add any more to preserve the win.
Westwood finished with seven hits, led by Blake with three. Emma Kidder pitched through all six innings, finishing with five strikeouts, five hits and four runs.
CMS, WMS tennis split match
Coffee Middle and Westwood Middle tennis faced off for local bragging rights Thursday, April 18 at Raider Academy. The CMS boys won their matches 5-2, while the WMS girls held on for a 4-3 victory.
In boys' singles, the Red Raiders had wins from Liam Brown (6-3), Xander Blomquist (7-1 tiebreaker win), Matthew Blomquist (6-0) and Nolan Sussen (6-4). In doubles, the team of Brown and Sussen won 6-3.
Westwood's boys' wins came from Jonathan Nelson in singles (6-3) and a 6-4 doubles victory for the team of Nelson and Jeffrey Hale.
The Lady Rockets had singles wins from Rylea McNamara (6-1) and Anna Johnson (6-2). The team of McNamara and Johnson added a 6-2 doubles win, with Ocean Sanfilippo and Sarah Khan winning 6-4.
Coffee Middle had girls' singles victories from Morgan Tinsley (6-1), Lauren Hogan (6-0) and Kyra Sherrill (6-4). The Lady Raiders were unable to add a doubles win.