As 2017 draws to a close, Thunder Radio Sports looks back at some of the highlights of the calendar year for each of the 40 prep teams we follow and report on. Today we look back at the year for the Coffee County Middle School baseball team. Despite falling in the opening round of the conference tournament, the Red Raiders enjoyed success throughout the season, highlighted by an extra innings shutout of Tullahoma in Tullahoma.
Thunder Radio reported on that win in a story we published on April 26th
The Coffee County Middle School baseball opened up the final regular season series of the year on Tuesday in Tullahoma. The Red Raiders squared off against their rivals from Tullahoma at Waggoner Park. In a game that saw no runs scored in the first 7 innings, Coffee Middle exploded for 4 runs in the 8th inning to grab a 4 to 0 rivalry win.
Coffee County had been held to 3 hits in the game entering the top of the 8th inning with the top of the order coming to bat. Kyle Farless led off with a hit and came around to score the first of 4 Raider runs as Tullahoma committed 3 errors and walked a pair of Coffee County batters. Braden Brown retired Tullahoma on 5 pitches in the bottom of the 8th to get the 8 inning, complete game shutout. Farless, Griffin Meeker, Lane Spry and Todd Watkins had the hits for Coffee Middle.
The Red Raiders will conclude their season series, and the regular season, on Wednesday night at home. Coffee County will play host to Tullahoma on 8th Grade Night. First pitch is set for 5 PM.