Red Raider Football Drops Season Opener at Franklin County

Alontae Taylor of CHS football

Opening the season before a full house at Franklin County, it would be understandable if the Coffee County Red Raider football team experienced some jitters.  Those were realized early as Coffee County fumbled on the opening play of the game.  That jumpstart was just what Franklin County needed as they went on to spoil Coffee County’s season opener 34 to 8.

That opening fumble was the first of 4 turnovers for the Red Raiders on the night which helped give the Rebels a 62 to 25 advantage in offensive plays for the game.  Additionally, Franklin County held a 3 to 1 time of possession advantage of 37:48 to 9:56.  Coffee County was held to 115 of total offense of the game as the ball control offense of Franklin County rolled up 270 yards of offense including 155 yards rushing.   Coffee County was led by senior Alontae Taylor who rushed 10 times for 80 yards.  On defense, Taylor also had a sack as he earned the Crazy Daisies Player of the Game award.

The Red Raiders are back in action on Friday as they play host to Tullahoma in the annual Coffee Pot Game.  Tullahoma is coming off a win in Shelbyville on Thursday night.  The game will also be featured a part of the Great America Rivalry Series for the 3rd year in a row.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you all the action.  We begin our coverage with the Friday Night Thunder Pregame Show at 6 PM.  Lucky Knott and Dustin Murray will bring you all the action from Carden-Jarrell Field beginning at 6:45 and after the game, tune in to the Friday Night Thunder Scoreboard Show.

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Braves Fall to Reds Despite Adams’ Home Run

Sal Romano halted his recent struggles by delivering one of the finest starts of his rookie season and R.A. Dickey’s attempt to produce another gem evaporated as the Reds tagged him for three home runs in the sixth inning of Friday night’s 5-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

“I was attacking the strike zone and using all three of my pitches,” Romano said. “I had a great mix tonight and was able to locate all my pitches. I worked really well with Tucker [Barnhart] and guys were able to make some plays.”
Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker homered during the decisive four-run sixth for the Reds, who saw Romano allow just one run and five hits over seven innings. Matt Adams’ one-out homer in the second inning accounted for the only damage incurred by the Reds right-hander, who entered with a 6.46 ERA over six starts since the All-Star break.
“[Romano] did a really nice job of not overthrowing, and staying within his skill set, and making pitches with his three-pitch mix,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He made great pitches with his changeup today, [and] with a really good sinker got inside on some lefties.”
Dickey had produced a 2.12 ERA over his past 10 starts and it looked like he might be constructing another stellar start as he scattered four hits and notched seven of his nine strikeouts through five innings. But the sixth-inning power barrage added to the frustration he has experienced at SunTrust Park, where he has surrendered 16 of his 22 homers allowed this season.
“In a different park, maybe one of those is [an out], but for the most part, you’ve got to live with that,” Dickey said. “It’s not easy. It’s not the life for everybody. It’s one of those things. It’s baseball and you’ve just got to keep a good attitude about it and keep persevering. I’m in a good place mechanically and I look forward to my next outing.”
Joey Votto’s sixth-inning leadoff single set the stage for Duvall to follow with his 29th homer — a two-run shot that gave the Reds their first runs. Suarez’s one-out solo shot to center field was hit against an 0-2 knuckleball that was off of the plate. Dickey’s sudden struggles with his patented pitch were extended when Winker turned on a 1-0 knuckler and watched it sneak over the right-field wall for his third homer in 69 career at-bats.
“Duvall did a good job of hitting one that was really just a roller up there,” Dickey said. “But the other two weren’t too bad. The Winker kid hit a wall-scraper down the right-field line and it looked like it was a good 0-2 [pitch] to Suarez, but he did a great job of staying on it. That’s the nature of the pitch. You’ve got to live and die with it. It kind of bit me tonight.”
Romano stranded two when he got Brandon Phillips to fly out to end the fifth inning, but the most impressive escape was completed in the eighth. After Tyler Flowers cut Atlanta’s deficit to two runs with an RBI double and Adams nearly homered before drawing an eight-pitch walk against Kevin Shackelford, Blake Wood entered and squashed the threat with Ozzie Albies’ flyout to left field.
“In that situation, with guys on base and in a tough spot, the more experienced arm is the right guy,” Price said. “He did a great job on Albies, getting the first-pitch out.”
Robert Stephenson draws the start against Atlanta at SunTrust Park as the series continues Saturday at 6:10 p.m. CT.  Julio Teheran will oppose Stephenson in Game 2 of the series. Teheran found a better feel for his slider on Monday, taking a little off of it while completing seven scoreless frames at Coors Field.

Sounds Club Three Homers in Win over Redbirds

The Nashville Sounds got home runs from Jaff Decker, Beau Taylor, and Renato Nunez on the way to an 8-7 win over the Memphis Redbirds Friday night at AutoZone Park.
With the win, the Sounds took three of four games and handed the Redbirds their first series loss since late April. Prior to the four-game set against Nashville, the Redbirds had either won or split each of their last 27 series.
It was a back-and-forth contest as both teams used the long ball to light up the scoreboard. Decker helped the Sounds get out to an early lead when he started the game with a single and cruised around the bases, eventually scoring on Joey Wendle’s single to make it 1-0.
The home run barrage began in the first when Memphis jumped in front on Alex Mejia’s two-run homer off Nashville starter Chris Jensen.
Yairo Munoz started the top of the third with a double to left field, setting the table for Decker who drilled a two-run blast to right-center to give the Sounds a 3-2 lead.
It didn’t last long as Tyler O’Neill singled and Patrick Wisdom launched another two-run homer for Memphis. Wisdom’s 27th of the season gave the Redbirds a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. They added another tally in the inning but their lead was brief.
Mark Canha’s one-out double started a rally for the Sounds. The right fielder finished the night 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored one night after posting a four-hit game. Two batters later, Nunez lined a base hit up the middle, scoring Canha to trim the deficit to 5-4.
Taylor followed with Nashville’s second two-run homer of the night – a blast to right-center giving the Sounds a 6-5 lead.
Chris Bassitt relieved Sam Moll and got the Sounds out of a big jam in the bottom of the fifth. The right-hander retired all seven batters he faced, including striking out the side in the seventh.
Nunez made it three two-run homers for the Sounds when he drilled his 32nd of the season in the seventh. The 32 home runs in a single season are tied for fifth-most in franchise history.
It remained 8-5 until the ninth when the Redbirds made some noise. Josh Smith allowed a double to Breyvic Valera and a two-run blast to Rangel Ravelo to make it 8-7. Smith stopped the rally in its tracks by getting consecutive groundouts to end the game.
The Sounds return home Saturday to begin a 12-game, 13-day homestand to close the 2017 home schedule. Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-2, 2.59) starts for Nashville while the Iowa Cubs have yet to announce a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

CHS Soccer Scalps Riverdale

Reagan Ellison of CHS soccer

Four goals in the opening half lifted the Coffee County CHS soccer team to a 6 to 2 win over Riverdale on Thursday night. The Lady Raiders dispatched the Murfreesboro visitors in Coffee County’s home opener. Reagan Ellison had a pair of goals and an assist to help lead the Red and Black to the win.

Allie Amado got the scoring started early for Coffee County as she found the back of the net off of a feed from Jessica Barrera to make the score 1 to 0 in the 9th minute. Reagan Ellison added unassisted goals in the 12th and 17th minutes before Amado notched an unassisted goal in the 34th minute to wrap up the first half scoring. In the second half, Jenna Garretson tallied a goal in the 67th minute off a feed from Ellison and Maddy Jones added an unassisted goal in the 77th minute to close out the big win.

The Lady Raiders will be back in action next Thursday night when they welcome Shelbyville to their home pitch for a district contest. The opening kick is set for 7 PM.

Westwood Football Falls in Home Opener

Konor Heaton of Westwood football

The Westwood football team hosted the first home game of the season on Thursday night at Dyer-Bouldin Field.  In a game you heard on Thunder Radio, a strong 2nd half by Cascade nullified a fast start by Westwood as the Champions claimed a 32 to 20 win in the conference tilt.

Westwood got off to an explosive start as Trenton Thompson scored on a 66 yard touchdown run on the first play of scrimmage and added the 2 point conversion to make it 8 to 0 with only 10 seconds elapsed in the game.  Cascade scored a pair of touchdowns before Westwood answered with 2:18 left in the half to take a 14 to 12 lead on a 5 yard touchdown run from Blake Hale.  Cascade rallied to get their 3rd touchdown with 59 seconds to go in the half to take a 20 to 14 lead into the halftime break.  Cascade stretched the lead to 26 to 14 on a 60 yard run to open the second half and never trailed again.  Will Partin added a touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 5:52 left in the game for Westwood.

Thompson went down with an injury in the first quarter and finished with 87 yards rushing on 4 carries.  Konor Heaton rushed 9 times for 63 yards and caught a pair of passes for 24 yards.  Hale finished with 18 yards on 7 carries and Connor Smith rushed 8 times for 28 yards.  The Rockets hit the road again on Thursday when they travel to Bedford County to take on Liberty.  That rivalry game is set to kick off at 6:30 PM.

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CHS Volleyball Swept by Warren County

Keelie Hillis of CHS volleyball

The Coffee County CHS volleyball team traveled to McMinnville on Thursday night for their first road test of the season.  Coming off an inconsistent performance against Shelbyville on Tuesday night, the young Lady Raider squad had no answers for the talented Lady Pioneers getting swept in 3 sets.  Coffee County lost by set scores of 12-25, 10-25 and 6-25.

Coffee County was held to 6 kills and 3 aces as they could not get their offense going.  Keelie Hillis led Coffee County in blocks with 3 and kills with 2.  Alliyah Williams and Amanda Mukai tied for the team lead in digs with 5.  Mukai also added 5 assists as Coffee County falls to 1 and 2 on the season.

The Lady Raiders are back in action on Monday when they host Warren County and Grundy County in a doubleheader.  The match against Warren County will begin at 4:30 PM.  The Lady Raiders will then take on Grundy County at 6:30.  Both matches will be held at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.

CCMS Soccer Falls to Warren County

Katie Cotten of CCMS Soccer

The Coffee County Middle School soccer team opened their season on Thursday night in McMinnville as they took on the Lady Pioneers of Warren County Middle School.  Warren County scored a goal in each half to drop the Lady Raiders by a final score of 2 to 1.

Warren County scored first in the 15th minute and took that 1 to 0 lead into the half.  Coffee County’s Katie Cotten knotted the game at 1 in the 36th minute.  With 2 and a half minutes left, Warren County tallied the game winner.

The Lady Raiders will return home on Monday, August 28th when they host their home opener against North Franklin.  That match will kick off at 5 PM.

CCMS Football Falls in Cleveland to Lake Forest

The Coffee County Middle School football team traveled to Cleveland on Thursday night for a non-conference game with Lake Forest Middle School.   Despite a pair of big plays by the Red Raiders, Coffee County could not overcome a scoring blitz by the Cleveland squad in the 2nd quarter as they built a 32 to 6 lead.  The Raiders fell by a final score of 53 to 14.

After spotting Lake Forest an 8 to 0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, Ethan Baker returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards but was denied the 2 point conversion to make the score 8 to 6.  From that point, the home standing Bruins rolled up 3 touchdowns in the final 6 minutes of the half to take a commanding lead into the half.  Kelby Walker added the 2nd Raider touchdown as he scored from 55 yards out on a swing pass from quarterback Conner Shemwell in the second half.

The Red Raiders return home on Thursday night when they welcome Rhea County Middle School to Carden-Jarrell Field.  That non-conference game is set to kick off at 5 PM.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the broadcast of that game as part of the First National Bank Hometown Sports Series.  Our broadcast begins with the pregame show at 4:50.

Braves Smash 4 homers, Score 10 to Earn Split

Ender Inciarte homered twice and the Braves launched four solo shots off Rockies rookie starter Jeff Hoffman in a 10-4 victory on Thursday at Coors Field. The result pushed the Rockies into a tie with the D-backs for the top National League Wild Card spot.

Inciarte has hits in 19 of his last 20 games but hadn’t homered since July 19 before going deep to lead off the third and fifth innings. He improved his homer total to 10 — one more than his combined total of the previous two years — and helped the Braves earn a split of the four-game set. Tyler Flowers opened the second with his 10th homer, and Freddie Freeman added his 22nd homer to chase Hoffman after 4 1/3 innings.
The power barrage provided all the necessary support for Braves rookie starter Lucas Sims (1-3), who allowed two runs over five innings to record his first career win in what was his first start at Coors Field — an offense-friendly stadium. His effort helped the Braves quickly distance themselves from Wednesday night’s 17-2 loss.
“To bounce back the way that we did and put up all of those runs shows a lot of resiliency,” Sims said. “It makes for a little bit better of a flight home.”
Hoffman (6-5) gave up two other hits, both for extra bases — Ozzie Albies’ second-inning triple and Freeman’s fourth-inning double. After averaging 94.5 mph on his four-seam fastball before Thursday, Hoffman — who admitted feeling “under the weather” — saw his velocity drop to a 92.1 clip in the game, with the first three home runs allowed coming on fastballs. Freeman’s homer, on a curve, was by far his longest this year at 439 feet.
“I’ve been through stretches like this, whether it’s this year or in the past,” said Hoffman, who has yielded eight runs in nine innings over his last two starts. “I’ve been through worse than this. You’ve just gotta tell yourself to forget about it and take the positives away from it, whatever positives you can find, and go out there next time out and try to get the job done.”
The Rockies, who saw Ryan McMahon — their No. 3 prospect according to — earn his first RBI on a second-inning double, also saw third baseman and National League MVP Award candidate Nolan Arenado leave the game with an apparent re-injury to his left hand. A hard, seventh-inning shot by Lane Adams hit the bottom of the hand — on or near the spot where he suffered a bone bruise when hit by a pitch in Miami on Sunday.
“The trainer told me, ‘I can’t believe it hit that spot,'” Arenado said. “I was thinking the same thing, ‘Man, you’ve got to be kidding me.’ That’s the way it goes. That’s baseball. Just something I have to deal with.”
After the Rockies grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, Inciarte crushed a 1-1 Hoffman pitch 434 feet into the upper deck in right field. It stands as the longest home run the Braves’ center fielder has hit since Statcast™ tracking began in 2015. His fifth-inning homer traveled a projected 429 feet, making it his second-longest homer within that span.
Inciarte became just the second player in MLB history with two homers, two stolen bases and two walks in a game, joining the Mets’ Howard Johnson, who did it July 11, 1987. He also became the first Braves player with two homers and two stolen bases in a game since Rafael Furcal did so on April 15, 2005.
“I was just trying to hit the ball hard today,” Inciarte said. “I got good pitches to hit and took advantage of them. The ball carries here pretty well. So, I got the help of the stadium and had a good game today.” More >
Sims passes the test: In his fourth Major League start, Sims (1-3) dealt with traffic in the first two innings and yielded two runs in the second. But with two on and no outs in the fifth, he quieted the Rockies on a Jonathan Lucroy grounder, a strikeout of Trevor Story on a 2-2 fastball and a harmless McMahon grounder. Sims pitched around five hits and three walks to hold the Rockies to two runs.
The Braves entered Thursday with two homers over their past eight games at Coors Field and exited with their fifth four-homer game of the season. They hit at least four home runs just once in both 2015 and ’16.
Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, matching his runs-scored total (111) from last season in the Rockies’ 121st game.
R.A. Dickey will take the mound at SunTrust Park when Atlanta opens a three-game series against Cincinnati Friday at 6:35 p.m. CT. Dickey has allowed one earned run or less in seven of his past 10 starts. .

Barreto, Canha Lead Sounds Past Redbirds

Four-hit games from Franklin Barreto and Mark Canha helped the Nashville Sounds out-slug the Memphis Redbirds in an 11-8 win at AutoZone Park Thursday night.
The pair combined to drive in seven runs and score five. Barreto finished a double shy of the cycle while Canha had a pair of doubles among his four knocks.
Nashville never trailed as they jumped out to an early lead and built on it throughout the night. Barreto’s big game started in the third when he singled to right-center. He came around to score the game’s first run on Josh Phegley’s sacrifice fly.
Memphis evened the game at 1-1 before the Sounds plated three in the fifth, two in the sixth, and another three runs in the seventh. Canha and Barreto started the rally in the fifth with a single and run-scoring triple.
Two walks came back to hurt the Redbirds when Joey Wendle’s two-run single scored both free passes to make it a 4-1 game. The first four batters reached base in the sixth, including consecutive singles from Canha and Barreto to drive the score up to 6-1.
The duo was at it again in the seventh when Canha drove in Beau Taylor with his first double of the game. Barreto followed with a two-run blast to left-center to give the Sounds a 9-2 lead. It was Barreto’s 14th home run of the season with Nashville.
Daniel Gossett was solid on the mound for the Sounds. The right-hander tossed six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out six in his fourth win of the season.
Memphis made it interesting when Gossett exited. Breyvic Valera drilled a solo homer off Kyle Finnegan to start the bottom of the seventh to make it a 9-3 game. After two more hits and a costly error committed by Renato Nunez, Redbirds shortstop Wilfredo Tovar drilled a grand slam to pull Memphis within two runs at 9-7.
‘Birds first baseman Rangel Ravelo’s RBI triple cut the game to 9-8 in the bottom of the eighth, but that’s as close as Memphis would get.
Canha delivered the knockout punch with a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning. Right-hander Lou Trivino worked around a leadoff single by Aledmys Diaz to notch his second save with a scoreless ninth.
Canha and Barreto accounted for half of the Sounds’ 16 hits. Beau Taylor added three hits and three runs while Jaff Decker had a single and a double.
The series finale is scheduled for Friday night at AutoZone Park in Memphis. Right-hander Chris Jensen (5-1, 5.13) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Matt Pearce (3-1, 4.80) for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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