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Westwood Softball Earns Doubleheader Split on Monday

Westwood's Alex Hershman following through on a swing from earlier season action

Westwood’s Alex Hershman following through on a swing from earlier season action

In a middle school softball doubleheader that took a week to complete, the Lady Rockets of Westwood got a split with Fayetteville City on Monday afternoon.  Last Monday’s game at Westwood was halted due to darkness with the score tied at 20.  The 2 teams agreed to resume the contest on Monday in Fayetteville prior to the regularly schedule game between the 2 teams.  Sarah West reached base when she was hit by a pitch to lead off the 8th inning.  After stealing second and moving to 3rd base on a passed ball, West was driven home by Alex Hershman to give Westwood a 21 to 20 win.  Haley Miller was 4 for 6 in the extended game with 2 RBI while West and Hershman finished 3 for 4.  Hershman had 4 RBI while West and Carlee Sullivan each finished with 3 RBI.  In the 2nd game, Westwood battled back from a 5 to 1 deficit to cut the Tigers lead to 8 to 6 before a late rally pushed Fayetteville to an 11 to 7 win.  The Lady Rockets banged out 9 hits as Danielle Baker led the way with 3 hits including a double.   Alex Hershman was 2 for 4 with a double as well.  The Lady Rockets will travel to Shelbyville on Wednesday for a 5 PM game with Liberty.  The conference tournament is set to get underway on Friday at Fayetteville.

Lady Raiders Power Past Columbia

Haley Hinshaw heads home after hitting a homerun earlier this season... Photo by Barry West

Haley Hinshaw heads home after hitting a homerun earlier this season… Photo by Barry West

An excellent effort by the Coffee County Lady Raiders propelled them to a 9-1 win over Columbia Central on Monday in the District 8-AAA softball tournament.
Brianna Jones was dominant in a 13-strikeout performance. Jones allowed no earned runs and two hits.
Haley Hinshaw boosted her batting average thanks to a perfect 3-3 day at the plate to pace the Lady Raiders. She also scored 3 times. Shelby Scrivnor knocked in 3 runs plus Taylor Barnes had 2 hits with an RBI and a run scored. Hinshaw was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game.
Coffee County will play Lincoln County Tuesday afternoon at 5pm and you can hear the game live on Thunder Radio.

Lady Raider Tennis Claims District Team Tennis Title

The Lady Raider Tennis Team shows off their District Title trophy after winning the District 8AAA Title on Monday at Shelbyville.  They are from left: Coach Audra Brown, Kayla Wright, Alli Shelton, Carlee Reed, Savannah Hodge, Alex Crossland, Maddie Taylor and head coach Mike Ray

The Lady Raider Tennis Team shows off their District Title trophy after winning the District 8AAA Title on Monday at Shelbyville. They are from left: Coach Audra Brown, Kayla Wright, Alli Shelton, Carlee Reed, Savannah Hodge, Alex Crossland, Maddie Taylor and head coach Mike Ray

A hard forehand off the racket of Lady Raider Alex Crossland struck the tape at the top of the net and eased across to give Coffee County their first district tennis team title this century on Monday afternoon.  The Lady Raiders scored wins in 4 of their 5 singles matches to upset Shelbyville on their home court by a final of 4 to 1.  Clinching the match in singles, Coffee County and Shelbyville did not need to play their doubles matches.   In singles play, Crossland beat Shelbyville’s Sydney Cooper 9 to 7 in the #2 singles match.  Carleee Reed of the Lady Raiders fell to Shelbyville’s #1 Keely Smith 8 to 1.  Maddie Taylor defeated Aria Harwel 8 to 4 at #3 while Savannah Hodge also got an 8 to 4 win over Madison Brown at #4.    Alli Shelton got the 4th win, playing at #5, mere moments prior to Crossland’s win by a final of 8 to 6 over Shelbyville’s Priscilla Morales.  With the win, the Lady Raiders will advance to the Region 4AAA Team Tennis tournament on Thursday in Murfreesboro.  Coffee County, making their first region appearance in more than 15 years, will take on Siegel at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro with matches starting at 4:00 PM.

Red Raider Soccer Advances in District Tournament

CHS sophomore Breyer Taylor of Red Raider soccer

CHS sophomore Breyer Taylor of Red Raider soccer

Four goals in the first 14 minutes propelled the Red Raider soccer team to a 6 to 0 win over Lawrence County on Monday night in the first round of the Region 4AAA soccer tournament.  Breyer Taylor scored a pair of goals at the 9th and 10th minute marks to stake the Raiders to an early lead.  Paco Barrera nailed a feed from Breyer Taylor in the 10th minute before Ernesto Gomez made it 4 to 0 at the 14 minute mark.  Coffee County controlled the time of possession as Lawrence County never mounted an offensive threat in the match.  First half goals from John Parigger and Abelen Barrera wrapped up the scoring for Coffee County as Coach Robert Harper emptied his bench in the 2nd half.  With the win, the Red Raiders will play host to Shelbyville on Wednesday night.  The match will kick off at 7:00 pm at the Raider Soccer Field behind the Raider Academy.

Middle School Golf Action from Monday

CCMS golfer Austin Farris tees off in recent golf action

CCMS golfer Austin Farris tees off in recent golf action

The Coffee County Middle School Red Raider golf team got a 41 from Austin Farris and a 46 from Josh Perry to squeak past Harris Middle on Monday afternoon, 196 to 197.   Liberty finished 3rd while Westwood came in 4th.  Matthew Hale got around in 47 for Coffee County while Jake Melton carded a 62.  For the Rockets, Christopher Robinson and Nick Johnson each shot a 62.  Reagan Chambers was the lone female golfer for Coffee County and she finished with a 76.  Westwood and Coffee Middle will be back in action on Monday as they play host to Franklin County.  Golfers will go off at 4 PM at Willowbrook Golf Club.

Tullahoma Upsets Coffee County In District Tournament

Brianna Jones throws a pitch against Tullahoma on Saturday... Photo by Barry West

Brianna Jones throws a pitch against Tullahoma on Saturday… Photo by Barry West

The Coffee County Lady Raiders failed to provide enough offense to beat Tullahoma on Saturday in the District 8-AAA softball tournament. The Lady Raiders finished with only 3 hits on the day as the fell to the Lady Cats and Pitcher Amber Clark, 2-0.
The loss was the first this season for Coffee County Senior Brianna Jones as she is now 19-1.
Coffee County at 25-5-1 on the year will play Columbia Monday at 5pm in a loser’s bracket game. You can hear the game live on Thunder Radio.

CCMS Lady Raiders Claim a Dramatic CTC Softball Championship

CTC Softball Trophy

CTC Softball Trophy – Photo Provided

“The girls played an amazing game today, actually an amazing three games today.”  Those are the words of CCMS softball coach Lana Creek as the Lady Raiders won three consecutive games to come out of the losers bracket to claim the CTC softball tournament title on Saturday in Tullahoma.  After falling to the losers bracket on Friday, and surviving a scare from North Franklin, Coffee County need a win over Tullahoma and a pair of wins over Warren County to win the championship.  Of her team, Creek said: “Their character won out today, they had a lot of things and a lot of people against us.”

Trailing 2 to 0 in the bottom of the last inning, Grace Pippenger ripped a bases clearing, 3 RBI triple to stop Tullahoma 3 to 2 in the opening game on Saturday.  Facing a tough Warren County team that gave Coffee County their only conference loss of the regular season, the Raiders broke open a 5 to 5 tie after 2 innings to claim a 10 to 6 win and set up a winner take all championship.

In the final, the Lady Raiders got 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  A leadoff single by Sierra Mahar and an RBI double along with a hit batter, a walk and an RBI sacrifice fly from Haley Richardson gave Coffee County a 4 to 1 lead.  The Lady Pioneers tied it up in the 4th inning and that score held into extra innings.  After Warren County scored 2 runs in the 7th, the Lady Raiders tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a homerun from Pippenger.  After opening the 8th inning in the international tiebreaker, Coffee County was able to strand the inherited Pioneer runner at 3rd base and then loaded the bases in the bottom of the 8th.    Kyla Craig laced a 2 out single up the middle to score Shannah Frame giving the Lady Raiders an 8 to 7 win.  In addition to a 1st place finish in the regular season, the Lady Raiders finished the year with a 15 and 5 record and the CTC championship.

The CCMS Lady Raider softball team celebrates after their 8 to 7 win over Warren County in the CTC Championship game.  (Photo provided by Heath Mahar)

The CCMS Lady Raider softball team celebrates after their 8 to 7 win over Warren County in the CTC Championship game. (Photo provided by Heath Mahar)

Remarkable Season Comes to a Close on Saturday for CCMS Soccer

Coach Kenny Lockhart talks to his team before a match earlier in the season

Coach Kenny Lockhart talks to his team before a match earlier in the season

After graduating an overwhelming majority of their offense from last season, this looked to be a rebuilding year for the Raider soccer team of Coffee County Middle School.  Instead, Coach Kenny Lockhart found new scoring threats, an improved back line and solid play in goal to advance to the Final 4 of the CTC Soccer Tournament on Saturday.  Entering Saturday as a huge underdog to top seeded Warren County, the clock finally stuck midnight on the feel good, Cinderella season of the Raiders.  With keeper Elisa Carter unavailable due to illness, the powerful Pioneers dropped Coffee County 8 to 0.  A matchup with Tullahoma in the consolation game ended in a 7 to 1 loss as Anakin Dilleha scored the lone goal on a corner kick for the Raiders.  Even with the loss, the Raiders finish the season with a winning record of 7 and 6 and a 4th place conference finish.

CHS Baseball Season Comes to an End on Saturday

Red Raider seniors (left to right)Stanton Keele, Dylan McCormick and Trace Friedlein along with senior Brandon Haston(background) look on as the last out is made on Saturday

Red Raider seniors (left to right) Stanton Keele, Dylan McCormick and Trace Friedlein along with senior Brandon Haston (background) look on as the last out is made on Saturday

Leads of 4 to 0 and 6 to 3 were not enough for the Coffee County CHS Red Raider baseball team on Saturday as 5th and 6th inning rallies by Tullahoma dropped the Raiders by a score of 7 to 6 in the loser’s bracket of the District 8AAA baseball tournament.  The Raiders got on the board first in the top of the 2nd inning as they plated 3 runs.  Freshman Nathaniel Tate ripped a 2 RBI double for the big hit in the inning driving in J.P. Duncan and Zach Wise after Wise’s RBI double to drive in Wyatt Day.  Zach Holmes scored a run in the 3rd on Duncan’s fielder’s choice. Tullahoma responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, Coffee responded as Wise got a 2 out double and scored on a error by the Wildcat’s 3rd baseman.  Tullahoma banged out 5 hits in the 5th to tie the game at 6 before plating the winning run in the 6th inning on a pair of Coffee County errors.  Zach Wise was 2 for 4 on the day with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Day and Peyton Booth were 2 for 4 with a pair of singles.  Chase Dixon was 3 for 3 for Tullahoma.  The loss ends the season for the Red Raiders.

CCMS Lady Raiders Split a Pair on Friday in CTC Softball Tournament

CCMS 3rd baseman Amanda Mukai

CCMS 3rd baseman Amanda Mukai

A 2 out, 2 RBI single by Amanda Mukai capped a 5th inning comeback for the Coffee County Middle School softball team on Friday night in the loser’s bracket semifinals of CTC Conference Softball Tournament being held in Tullahoma. The 4 to 3 win over North Franklin kept Coffee County alive in the double elimination tournament. The Lady Raiders were pushed to the loser’s bracket by a Tullahoma comeback earlier on Friday night.
In the nightcap, a single run in the 2nd by Coffee County was eclipsed by 3 unearned runs by North Franklin in the 4th inning. Coffee County strung together 2 singles in the second as Sierra Mahar and Jayden Scheller got the hits for Coffee County with Scheller’s run scoring just ahead of Mahar being put out trying to advance to 2nd. In the 5th, Mahar led off with her 2nd hit of the night. After a 1 out walk of Ashley Evans, Gracie Pippenger drilled an RBI single to score Mahar and make it a 1 run game. WIth Evans at 3rd and Pippenger at 2nd, Mukai stepped up with 2 outs and drilled a rocket past the diving shortstop to plate the tying and winning runs and advance Coffee County to the loser’s bracket final on Saturday.
The Lady Raiders were dropped into the loser’s bracket by an unearned run in the top of the 6th inning as Tullahoma scratched out a 3 to 2 extra inning win over Coffee County in the Lady Raiders first game on Friday. The Lady Raiders got both of their runs in the first inning as Ashley Evans scored on a passed ball and Gracie Pippenger was driven in on a ground out by Haley Richardson. Coffee Middle was held to 5 hits as Hayden Scheller had 2 hits and Erin Ferrell ripped a double.
The Lady Raiders will take on the loser of Saturday morning’s Warren County and Tullahoma winner’s bracket final at 11:00 AM. With a win there, Coffee County would need to win at 1:00 PM to force the “if necessary” game at 3:00. The CTC Conference Tournament is being held at East Middle School in Tullahoma.

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