Hunter Smithson stands at 2nd base after RBI.. Photo by Milton Stanley, Manchester Times
Coffee County played host to district leading, and undefeated, Cookeville on Tuesday night in high school baseball action. The senior-laden Cavalier visitors scored in every inning in route to the 11 to 1 victory. The Raiders managed just 3 hits against Cookeville ace Ryan Eberle as he retired 12 Red Raiders in a row in the middle innings. Coffee County got back to back singles to lead off the bottom of the first inning from Kyle Douglas and Peyton Meeker but could not advance the runners. Those were the only 2 Raider base runners until the 5th when Jacob Prater got aboard on an error to lead off the inning. He was doubled home on the very next pitch by Hunter Smithson to avoid the shutout. With his RBI double, Hunter Smithson was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center Player of the game.
Cookeville improved to 14 and 0 on the year and 5 and 0 in District 6AAA. Coffee County falls to 4 and 13 and 1 and 4 in district play. Coffee County travels to Cookeville on Wednesday to take on the Cavaliers in a game that was originally scheduled for Monday.