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Weekend Sports Action

Brittany Williams looks to connect for the Lady Raiders

Brittany Williams looks to connect for the Lady Raiders

The Lady Raider softball team welcomed Warren County to Lady Raider Field on Friday afternoon in a non-district game. The Lady Raiders got on the board with 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning and coasted to a 14 to 4 win. Bethany Baker got the win with a complete game performance surrounding 5 hits. Baker also helped the Lady Raiders at the plate with 3 hits and 2 RBI. Brittany Williams had 2 hits and knocked in 4 runs and Shelby Giles added 2 RBI. Williams was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game. With the win, Coffee County improved to 12 and 6 on the season.
The Lady Raiders travel to Lawrence County on Monday for a big district game that begins at 7:00 PM.

Coffee County junior Trace Friedlein pitched a no-hitter on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough as Coffee County fell 2 to 0 to LaVergne in a non-district baseball matchup. Friedlein pitched a masterful game for the Raiders striking out 4, but could not get offensive or defensive support taking the hard luck loss from the Wolverines. Coffee County’s defense made 4 errors on the afternoon, giving LaVergne 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and that was all they needed. The Red Raiders will be back in action on Monday as they take on McCallie School in a 5:30 PM game being played at MTSU.

Bradley Central visited Carden-Jarrell Field on Friday night as the soccer opponent for the Red Raiders on Alumni Night. The visiting Bears got a goal in the 25th minute on a penalty kick to notch a 1 to 0 lead into the half. A physical 2nd half saw the Raiders control the time of possession and shots taken, but a 45 yard missile off the foot of Cole Hawkins on a direct kick to salvage the draw in the 75th minute. All the former CHS soccer players in attendance were recognized in a halftime ceremony and 2013 graduate Ricky Ramirez was the first CHS soccer player to be inducted in the CHS Soccer Hall of Fame. Ramirez, who said he was “shocked and honored” at the recognition is the all-time leading scorer in Red Raider soccer history with 51 goals. The Raiders will be on the road next week during spring break as they travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take on Mountain Brook High School on Thursday.

The Westwood soccer team got four 2nd half goals to beat South Lincoln 5 to 1 on Friday afternoon in Fayetteville. Tied at 1 at the half, Westwood settled down in the second half to dominate the action. Paco Barerra and Ethan Abplanalp each scored two goals for the Rockets and Juan Carlos Penaloza added a goal as Cameron Kistler had 2 assists for Westwood. Westwood will be in action on Wednesday as they travel to Cascade for a 4:30 match.

In a battle of middle school baseball rivals, Coffee Middle got a 19 to 1 win over the Rockets of Westwood on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Coffee County Classic. The Red Raiders sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning scoring 11 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks. Alontae Taylor got the big hit in the inning with a 2 RBI double and also got the victory on the mound for the Red Raiders. Jeremiah Franklin got 1 of the 2 hits for the Rockets and scored their lone run. Carlos Medina also had a single for Westwood.

In their next game the Coffee Middle baseball team scored 6 runs in the 6th inning to break open a tight game with Lincoln County and carry the Raiders to a 12 to 3 win. Coffee Middle racked up 11 hits on the game, including 7 in the decisive 6th inning. Cody Miller swung the hot stick for the Raiders going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI. Alontae Taylor had a 2 RBI double and 3 walks, A. J. Rollman was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored while Garrett Booth was 2 for 4 with a double. Nathaniel Tate and Alontae Taylor combined to pitch 4 hitter as each struck out 4 batters.

The Westwood Rockets baseball team dropped a 7 to 2 decision on Saturday morning in the Coffee County Classic to Lincoln County. The Rockets banged out 9 hits, but could not string them together. Hunter Courtoy was 2 for 2, Carlos Medina was 2 for 3 and Jeremiah Franklin was 2 for 4 for Westwood. The Rockets got an RBI each from Cade Myers and Jonathan Sherrill. Medina had 8 strikeouts for Westwood.
In the afternoon contest, Jeremiah Franklin was 2 for 2 and Hunter Courtoy was 1 for 2, but that was all the hits Westwood could muster against Christiana falling 21 to 2.

Westwood and Coffee Middle locked horns in an epic baseball battle in the semi-finals of the Coffee County Classic on Saturday night won by the Raiders 5 to 4. Westwood notched single runs in the top of the first inning and top of the second before adding 2 more runs in the top of the 4th inning to storm out to a 4 to 0 lead. Carlos Medina, the Westwood pitcher, kept the Red Raider batters off balance striking out 7 on the night. But the Coffee Middle team tied it in the bottom of the 5th on 4 consecutive hits and a hit batter notching the final run on an RBI squeeze bunt from Harley Hindshaw which scored Cody Miller. Westwood threatened to retake the lead in the top of the 6th, but Hindshaw pitched out of a jam setting up the dramatic final half inning. A.J. Rollman got on with one out on a bloop hit over the first baseman’s head. After stealing 2nd and 3rd, Alontae Taylor got a 2 out infield single to score Rollman and give the Raiders their 12th win on the year. Hindshaw got the win for Coffee Middle coming into the game in the 3rd inning. Coffee Middle was led in hitting by Rollman and Taylor who each went 3 for 4. Taylor had a double and 2 RBI, including the game winner. Medina took the hard luck loss for the Rockets and led the team in hitting going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Hunter Courtoy continued his hot streak at the plate going 2 for 4 on the night. Jeremiah Franklin got on base twice by getting hit by pitches and scored 2 runs.

A nine run 3rd inning for the Coffee Middle baseball team blew open a tight game and gave the Raiders their 4th consecutive come from behind victory on the weekend and the championship of the inaugural

CCMS wins the championship.. Story and photo by Dennis Weaver

CCMS wins the championship.. Story and photo by Dennis Weaver

Coffee County Classic over Christiana, 13-3. Nathaniel Tate had a single and a double and 3 RBI in that pivotal 3rd inning. Tates performance, added to the 5 walks and 2 Cougar errors, sealed the outcome and improved the Raiders record to 13 and 3 on the year. Alontae Taylor got the victory for Coffee Middle as he went 3 strong innings allowing just 2 hits. Jacob Langham came on in relief throwing 3 hitless innings for the Raiders. Taylor was 3 for 3 on the game with an RBI leading a Red Raider attack that banged out 11 hits. Coffee Middle travels to Woodbury on Thursday to take on Cannon County. That game is set to start at 5:00 PM.

The CHS JV baseball team split a pair of games in Murfreesboro on Saturday. In the first game, the Red Raiders defeated LaVergne 6 to 1. Dylan McCormick pitched a complete game for the win. Gavin Husted had a triple in 2 at bats with 3 RBI to lead the Raider hitters. Brandon Haston and Davis Green each had RBI singles and Peyton Booth was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Raiders dropped a 9 to 3 decision to Blackman. Noah Anderson was 2 for 2 on the day while Zach Wise was 2 for 3. Alan Rob added a double for Coffee County.
The JV team will be back in action on Monday as they play host to Riverdale for a doubleheader. The first game will begin at 5 at Powers Field.

Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

Photo and story by Dennis Weaver