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Lady Raiders Win State Tournament Game

Taylor Barnes scores the winning run.. Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

Taylor Barnes scores the winning run.. Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

The Coffee County Central High School softball team opened the state title quest on Tuesday night knocking off one of the pre-tournament favorites, Gibbs, by a final score of 2 to 1. Brianna Jones was spectacular in the circle allowing only 3 hits, with 2 of those being infield singles, and striking out 11.
Gibbs got their 1 run in the 2nd inning on a 2 out triple off the bat of Faith Lowery which scored Kaitlin Beeler who got aboard on an infield single.
Coffee County rallied with 2 outs in the top of the 6th inning when courtesy runner Grace Spellings scored from second base on a dropped ball at first base to tie the game. After an Anna Spellings single, Bethany Baker drilled a Texas Leaguer over the 3rd baseman’s head to score Taylor Barnes with the eventual winning run. From there, Jones took over setting down Gibbs in order for the final 6 outs.
Spellings & Baker each finished 2 for 3 on the night at the plate.
With her game winning RBI and sparkling defense, Bethany Baker was named the Gateway Tire & Service Center Player of the Game.
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The TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro continues on Wednesday as the Lady Raiders will take on Dickson County in a second round game at McKnight Park. First pitch will take place at approximately 12:00 PM and you can hear all the action on Thunder Radio.