On Friday night, the Coffee County Central Red Raiders dropped a 5-4 decision in 9 innings to the Walker Valley Mustangs in the Region 3AAAA baseball tournament.
Coffee County Central Varsity Red Raiders started their offense in the second inning. Brendon Sheppard drove in two on a single.
Down 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cole Pippenger singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.
The Mustangs scored the winning run in the top of the 9th, and the Raiders were unable to cut in the bottom half.
Timmy Henderson took the tough luck loss for Coffee County. The lefty pitched the final three innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out three. Aiden Robertson started the game for the Raiders. He surrendered four runs on six hits over six innings, striking out 12
Pippenger went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Coffee County.
The Red Raiders fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 10-4 loss to Shelbyville on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles scored on a single by Jaquai Beverly, a double by Carston Williams, a single by Nick Johnson, a passed ball during Caleb Molder’s at bat, and a sacrifice fly by Mason Shavers in the first inning.
Beverly earned the win for Shelbyville. He allowed eight hits and four runs over five innings, striking out four. Williams and William Bobo entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Coffee County tallied ten hits on the day. Rutledge went 3-for-4 at the plate. Caleb Moran homered (7) and singled, and Aiden Robertson finished his high school career with two singles.
Shelbyville racked up 12 hits. Beverly, Bobo, and Shavers had two hits each for the Golden Eagles.
Coffee County finishes the season with an overall record of 19-12. Shelbyville will play Bradley Central on Sunday, with the winner earning a berth into the sectional round of the TSSAA playoffs.
Top photo: Aiden Robertson fires a pitch against Walker Valley on Friday night.