Demarco Moore, Sports Writer MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Coffee County Middle School boys’ soccer coach Ryan Wood began his coaching career with a bang, as the Red Raiders defeated Central Tennessee Conference foe White County 3-1 on Tuesday. Javier Rodriguez scored two goals for Coffee County (1-0 overall), the first coming in the 27th minute to break a scoreless tie.
The Red Raiders were inching closer and closer to scoring, despite the Warrior goalkeeper making a few fantastic saves. But Rodriguez snuck it past the goalie for the go-ahead score, and then Coffee County scored less than a minute later on a breakaway to go ahead 2-0 at halftime. White County wasted no time pulling to within 2-1 after adding a goal in the first minute of the second half, but Rodriguez netted his second goal of the game to round out the scoring. NEXT MATCH: at North Franklin on Thursday, March 1 (5 p.m.) Westwood Rockets 3, Cascade 1 Westwood notched its first win of the 2018 season, defeating Cascade 3-1 on the road Tuesday afternoon. The Rockets (1-0 overall) got goals from Ian Wheldon, Nico Sanfilipo and John Martinez. Keiton Sherrill and Martinez also recorded assists for the, and Bodey Todd notched three saves as goalkeeper. NEXT MATCH: Home versus St. Andrews on Thursday, March 1 (4:30 p.m.) MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL: Rockets win home opener, Raiders sweep White County Westwood showed patience in the batter’s box and command on the pitching mound, as the Rockets pushed past Grundy County for a 13-2 win in their home opener at Babe Ruth Field. The Rockets (1-0 overall) drew 12 walks in their non-conference win and Brady Nugent scored three times, including on a steal in the first inning, followed by a Luke Beachboard run that put Westwood ahead 2-0. Nugent recorded an RBI-bunt in the bottom of the second, then Blake Hale pushed across two more run to extend Westwood’s lead to 5-0. Westwood’s pitchers combined to throw 11 strikeouts, allowing only two runs to the YellowJackets on a pair of bases-loaded walks in the top of the fourth inning. NEXT GAME: Home versus Cornersville on Monday, March 5 (6 p.m.) Red Raiders 10, White County 5 Coffee County racked up its second-straight 10-run outing to begin the season, earning a win and series sweep over Central Tennessee Conference rival White County 10-5 in Sparta. The Red Raiders (2-0 overall) rallied from a 2-1 deficit after the second inning, scoring five-straight runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Connor Shemwell led Coffee County with three runs, as he and Jacob Holder finished 3-of-4 at the plate. NEXT GAME: at Warren County on Monday, March 5 (5 p.m.) MIDDLE SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Coffee Middle Lady Raiders sweep White County The Lady Raiders edged White County 3-2 on Tuesday in Sparta to win the season series. Coffee County (2-0 overall) took the lead in the third inning on a run by Kiya Ferrell, who would later add a run in the fifth inning that padded the Lady Raider lead. Aly Harris also pushed across a run with a two-out triple, putting Coffee County up 3-0. White County nearly rallied during its final at bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring two runs with two outs, but the Lady Raiders held off the comeback attempt to seal the win. Olivia Evans finished with a pair of hits. NEXT GAME: at Warren County on Monday, March 5 (5 p.m.) Reach Demarco Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter, @iam__demo