The Coffee County Red Raiders opened their 2013 home baseball season welcoming cross county rival Tullahoma to Powers Field. The Cats scored 8 runs in the 1st inning and 5 runs in the 5th inning to win by a final of 15 to 0 in the 5th inning game. The cold weather did not hamper the Tullahoma bats as they banged out 6 hits in the 1st inning against Red Raider starter Kyle Douglas. Senior Justen Cooper entered the game in relief in the 1st and went the remainder of the contest giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 7 Tullahoma batters. For his effort, Cooper was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game for Coffee County. Tullahoma pitcher Justus Sheffield got the win holding Coffee County to 2 hits, a double by Peyton Meeker and a single Tyler Cavender.
Coffee County will travel to Smyrna on Thursday afternoon as they take on the Purple Dawgs. 1st pitch will be at 4 PM at Smyrna High School. The next Coffee County broadcast on Thunder will be Monday, at home as the Red Raider baseball team welcomes Franklin County to Powers Field. Airtime will be 5:20 with the first pitch scheduled for 5:30.