Raiderettes battle their way back into District 8A semifinal game

After losing to Fayetteville on May 7, the MCHS Raiderettes have battled their way back to the District 8A semifinal game. They play Eagleville this afternoon at 5 p.m. in Bedford County. If they win, they’ll face off with Huntland in the championship game. (Graphic Provided)

LOCAL SPORTS NEWS — May 7 felt like a heartbreaking day for the MCHS Raiderettes softball team. In the first round of the District 8A Tournament, Moore County led for much of the game, then at the top of the seventh, Fayetteville Lady Tiger Julia Dodson drew a walk, scoring what would turn out to be the winning run. The Raiderettes lost that day 6-3 despite out-hitting Fayetteville 8-1 – sending Moore County into the one-loss bracket in the double elimination tournament.

Since then, they beat Cascade on May 11 and a rematch with Fayetteville on May 12 to battle back to a shot at the District 8A Championship game. That path goes through Eagleville tonight as Moore County takes on the number one seed Lady Eagles in Cascade at 5 p.m. tonight. If they win, they’ll play Huntland in the championship game at 7 p.m.

Walk off win against Cascade

On Tuesday, May 11 the Raiderettes managed a narrow, 3-2 late game victory over tournament host Cascade. The Raiderettes were down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Anysten Metcalf doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs and handing Moore County the victory.

Jordan Lund led for Moore County with three hits. Emilee Moorehead, Metcalf, and Paisley Logan managed two hits each. Kendall Dangerfield and Madelynn McLaughlin added one each. On the mound, Paisley Logan got the win. She pitched all seven innings allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six.

Walk off win against Fayetteville

On Wednesday, the Raiderettes bested Fayetteville 4-3 in dramatic fashion. With the game tied at three in the bottom of the ninth, Emilee Moorehead singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Moorehead and Jordan Lund led for the Raiderettes against Fayetteville with two hits each. Kendall Dangerfield managed to hit and Madelynn McLaughlin and Paisley Logan added one each.

On the mound, Logan got the victory. The righthander pitched nine innings, allowing just three runs on seven hits and striking out eight.

Thursday game against Eagleville

Thursday afternoon’s game will be the third match up this season for the Raiderettes and the Lady Eagles. Moore County lost both regular season games including a 11-0 loss in Eagleville on April 8 and a 8-1 home loss on April 19. The Lady Eagles will come into Thursday’s matchup against Moore County fresh of a 9-3 loss to Huntland. The Lady Hornets took over the game with a six-run fifth inning.

Both games tonight will be played in Bedford County at Cascade High School. Tickets are $5 and available at the gate. Raiderettes fans can also follow on the Gamechanger app. •

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