In a Region 4AAA softball game that saw 2 pitchers duel in a classic nail biter for 7 innings, it was 2 big plays that lifted Coffee County to a 1 to 0 win over Riverdale on Monday night in Murfreesboro. In the do or die region game, Tori Bell crushed a 3-2 pitch in the 4th inning over the centerfield wall and Brittany Williams threw out Riverdale’s Cayman Starwalt trying to score from 2nd base on a single in the bottom of 5th inning to lift the Lady Raiders to victory. Brianna Jones struck out 9 Warrior hitters and pitched out of jams in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings when her defense committed an error in each of those innings.
The Lady Raiders were held to 2 hits as Brittany Williams had a single to lead off the 4th inning before being thrown out trying to steal second base ahead of Bell’s 2 out home run. With her game winning home run, Bell was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game. With the win, Coffee County improved to 30-6-1 on the season and will host Siegel in the Region 4AAA finals on Wednesday night at 7 PM at Lady Raider Field. Siegel held off a late Tullahoma rally to advance to the finals. The win also guarantees Coffee County a berth in the sectional round on Friday. A win on Wednesday would mean that Coffee County would host the sectional game. Thunder Radio will broadcast Wednesday AND Friday’s games. Wednesday night’s broadcast will begin at 6:50 PM with Lucky Knott on the call.