State Baby State! Lady Raiders going back-to-back TSSAA State Tournaments

Lady Raiders and student fans celebrate after earning a berth in the TSSAA State Tournament.

Friday night at Terry Floyd Field the Coffee County Lady Raiders earned their second straight trip to the TSSAA state tournament with a 7-2 win over the Smyrna Lady Bulldogs.

Coffee County got the scoring started early as Kiya Ferrell led off the bottom off the 1st with a triple. She scored on a passed ball.

In the 2nd Kaitlyn Davis hit her first of two homeruns on the night to up the Lady Raider advantage to 2-0.

In the 3rd Smyrna scored twice on an error to tie the game at two apiece.

Kaitlyn Davis hit another solo homer in the 4th to give Coffee County the lead 3-2, a lead they never gave up.

The Lady Raiders would secure the win in the 6th. Paisley Campbell knocked in 2 runs on a single to centerfield. Emily Schuster and Riley Phillips who were pinch running. Jada Bowen then chased home a run on a ground ball that scored Madison Pruitt who was pinch running. Chesnie Cox hit a fly ball to that the leftfielder dropped and pinch runner Ava McIntosh scored to make it 7-2.

Coffee County’s defense and Davis shut the door on Smyrna in the 7th. After a single by Lora Turner, Emma McDonald lined out to Channah Gannon at third and she threw it to first to catch Turner off the base at first for a double play. Davis would then strikeout Anna Lay to end the game and send the Lady Raiders back to the state tournament for the second year in a row. Davis was named the Sir Pizza Player of the Game.

Coffee County finished runner-up last year in Class AAA, but this year they’ll compete in first-ever Class AAAA tournament. The Lady Raiders (24-14) will play their first game in this year’s state tournament on Tuesday at 5:30 PM against Springfield (29-4). Rooster 101.5 FM will provide coverage beginning at 5:20 PM. Game 2 is set for 11:30 AM on Wednesday morning. The tournament is double elimination. Not only can you hear the action on the radio, but also at rooster1015.com or the Rooster 101.5 app.

Top photo: Kaitlyn Davis hits a long homerun on Friday night. Photos by Barry West

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,947 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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