Coffee County Softball Finishes 4th Place in the State!

Brianna Jones spins a pitch against Maryville.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Brianna Jones spins a pitch against Maryville.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

The Coffee County softball team has used aggressive base running and strong pitching to a charm all season long. Those 2 weapons served the Lady Raiders to perfection in a 2 to 0 win over Maryville on Thursday in the elimination round at the Spring Fling state championships. Grace Spellings, who came in as a pinch runner for Kaylee Skipper who singled, scored first for Coffee County when she stole 3rd base and scored when the catcher’s throw ended up in left field. Shelby Giles scored the 2nd run off an RBI double from Anna Spellings. Brianna Jones had 12 strikeouts on the day and banged out 2 singles to lead the Red Raider hitting attack and earn the Gateway Tire & Service Player of the Game Award. The exhilaration of an early afternoon win gave way to the exhaustion of a late afternoon loss for the Lady Raider softball team in the semifinals of the TSSAA Spring Fling. The Lady Raiders fell in a rematch with their first round opponent Gibbs by a final score of 8 to 4. Brianna Jones, with a heroic effort, finished the game with 10 strikeouts to give her 394 on the season. Bethany Baker had a 2-run homerun in the 7th inning for the Lady Raiders and senior Anna Spellings was 2 for 3 for Coffee County to earn the Gateway Tire & Service Player of the Game Award. The loss ended a magical season for the Lady Raiders as they finish with a record of 31-15-1 and a 4th place finish in Class AAA. Download the radio broadcast

Senior Anna Spellings plays her last game as a Lady Raider...Story and photo by Dennis Weaver

Senior Anna Spellings plays her last game as a Lady Raider…Story and photo by Dennis Weaver