The Red Raider baseball team welcomed Cumberland County and Grundy County to Powers Field on Saturday for their first scrimmages of the year. First year head coach Jon Spears got outstanding pitching performances from his staff as they swept the day’s doubleheader. In the first contest, the Raiders dropped Cumberland County 3 to 1 in a seven inning varsity contest. Kohl Young threw well coming off ACL injury threw 3 strong innings while Dylan Sandoval and Jimmy Hollandsworth both were impressive in the first live action of the spring. Trace Friedlein and Daniel Gassman, who are penciled in as starters also pitched well. In the 2nd contest, the Red Raiders stung Grundy County 9 to 2 in the 7 innings of varsity work. Friedlein was credited with a big day a the plate for Coffee County while coach Spears was complimentary of how the Raiders were successful in sacrifices and situational hitting. Spears singled out Sandoval who was able to get down multiple bunts. Defensively, the Raiders committed only 3 errors in 18 innings of work. Spears is hoping to schedule another scrimmage this coming weekend, weather permitting. The Red Raiders open their regular season on March 9th at Forrest, with the home opener scheduled for March 10th vs. Huntland.
Coffee County Middle School softball traveled to Lynchburg on Saturday in their second weekend of scrimmage action this season. The Lady Raiders, coached by Lana Creek, return only 2 full time starters from last season’s team. Creek took the opportunity this week-end to work with various lineup combinations as she prepares for Monday’s regular season opener. The Lady Raiders got strong pitching performances from Erin Ferrell, Haley Richardson and Macie Campbell as they won 2 of the 3 scrimmage contests defeating Tullahoma and Liberty, while falling to Lincoln County. Coffee County struggled to get any offensive rhythm on the day but Coach Creek singled out Jayden Scheller who was impressive at the plate for Coffee County. Weather permitting; the Lady Raiders will open their regular season at home on Monday as they host White County. First pitch is at 5:00 PM at their new field behind Coffee County Middle School.
The Coffee County Central High School softball team got in their first scrimmages of the season as they travel to Mt. Juliet on Saturday. Head coach Terry Floyd begins his 12th season at the helm of a Lady Raider team looking for a return trip to the TSSAA Spring Fling in May. The Lady Raiders, who have advanced to the state tournament in 2 of the past 3 years, lost only one player to graduation as Floyd takes one of his most experienced squads into the season. On Saturday, Coffee County was able to get outside for only the 3rd time all season and got to see several younger players in action. The Lady Raiders will travel to Shelbyville on Saturday for a scrimmage tournament as they wrap up their preseason. The regular season begins on Monday, March 9th as Franklin County visits Lady Raider Field for a 7 PM game. That game can be heard live on Thunder Radio with Lucky Knott on the call. John St.Clair was on hand Saturday and his pictures can be found at:http://folio.johnstclairphoto.com/mtjulietplayday.
The Lady Rocket softball team of Westwood Middle traveled to Lynchburg on Saturday to take on Fayetteville and Community in scrimmage action. The Lady Rockets, who return 4 starters, are coached by Angela Houck. Houck came out of the tournament impressed with how well her team played considering the limited practice time they have had due to weather. Alexcia Barnes, Danielle Baker and Sarah West were all 4 for 4 at the plate on the day. Pitchers Hallie Wimberley, Avery Whitsett and Carlee Sullivan all pitched for the Lady Rockets as Houck needs to replace her starting battery. The Lady Rockets open the regular season on Monday at Moore County, weather permitting. The first pitch is set for 5:00 PM.
The Coffee County Middle School baseball team had their Saturday scrimmage called off due to damage to their field caused by the recent ice storm. The Red Raiders suffered damage to the backstop when ice and wind combined to damage 2 of the poles holding up the backstop netting on the 3rd base side of the field. The Red Raiders, coached by Rodney Meeker, are scheduled to open the season at home on Monday against White County. The game is set to start at 5:00 PM.