Eagles outlast Raiderettes in District 9A tourney game

EAGLEVILLE, Tenn. — The Raiderettes hung with the Lady Eagles until late in the ballgame on Monday afternoon but five runs in the fifth inning from the Eagleville big bats cost Moore County a second round District 9A Tournament game. The Raiderettes lost to Eagleville 8-2 in seven innings. They now move on to a loser’s bracket game against Huntland on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Eagleville. If they lose, they’ll hang up their cleats for the 2023 season. If they win, they face off with the winner of the Cornersville versus Eagleville game that happens at 5:30 p.m. today.

Yesterday’s game was the third meeting for the Raiderettes and Lady Eagles. Eagleville won both games in the regular season series beating Moore County 10-0 on April 13 and again on April 25 by a final score of 10-6. Eagleville came into the District 9A Tournament in first place with a 7-1 district record. Their lone district blemish was a narrow 2-1 loss to Huntland on April 11.

Eagleville manages five fifth-inning runs

Moore County got on the board first on Monday when Whitney Fanning hit a ground ball and reached base on an Eagleville pitcher error allowing Savannah Rose to score. Rose singled two at bats earlier. Moore County held that lead until the bottom of the third inning when Eagleville’s Linton singled on a hard ground ball to center field – scoring teammate Bain.

The score remained knotted at two until the top of the fifth inning when Greenlee Ward singled a line drive to the Eagleville right fielder allowing Anna-Leigh Ross to score – briefly giving Moore County a 2-1 edge. Enter the Eagleville big bats. The Lady Eagles managed a triple, two singles, and two walks to piece together a five-run fifth inning. Moore County couldn’t catch up.

Savannah Rose led for Moore County

Savannah Rose led for Moore County with two hits. Anna Leigh Ross and Greenlee Ward also managed one hit each. Ward got Moore County’s lone RBI. Paisley Logan took the loss on the mound. She threw all seven innings managing 100 pitches and 54 strikes. She allowed eight hits and eight runs.

Tuesday’s game will take at 7 p.m. at District 9A Tournament host Eagleville. It will be the Raiderettes’ third game with the Lady Hornets. They spilt the regular season series with Moore County earning a 3-1 victory on March 28 in Lynchburg. Huntland beat the Raiderettes 7-0 on April 18.

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