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BASEBALL: Raiders split with Cavaliers, blowout Pioneers

Carter McKenzie slings a pitch for Coffee County in a win over Cookeville Saturday, May 1, 2021. — Thunder Radio photo by Holly Peterson

Coffee County’s baseball team went 2-1 over the weekend with a 10-1 non-district win over Warren County Friday night and a 9-5 win over Cookeville at home on Saturday. The Raiders lost the second game of a double-header with Cookeville on Saturday, falling 4-2.

The Raiders move to 17-9 on the season and will host LaVergne for senior night at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Coffee County 10, Warren County 1

Griffin Meeker was nearly unhittable for the Raiders, allowing just four hits in a 7-inning complete game to lead the Raiders to a rout of Warren County on the Pioneer senior night in McMinnville.

Meeker struck out 5 Pioneers and needed just 93 pitches to get through the game. He allowed 1 run in the bottom of the sixth.

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Meanwhile, the Raiders touched up three Pioneer pitchers for 10 hits in the win. Jacob Holder, Lane Spry and Nolan Jernigan all doubled and Hayden Hullett had a triple in the win. Holder and Hullett each had multi-hit games and combined for 5 RBIs. Braden Brown also had a hit and a pair of RBIs.

Cookeville 5, Coffee County 9

The Raiders played flawless defense, picked up a couple of highlight reel catches in left field from Wyatt Nugent and took advantage of 8 Cavalier errors to put together a 9-5 win. The Raiders led 6-1 after one inning and never looked back.

Braden Brown earned the win on the mound – allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits through 4 innings. He walked 5 Cavalier batters. Carter McKenzie and Brady Nugent carried it the rest of the way on the mound, with Nugent closing things out with a pair of strikeouts with the Cavaliers threatening in the top of the 7th.

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Jacob Holder and Hayden Hullett each had two hits and two RBIs. Nolan Jernigan also had a hit and an RBI.

Coffee County 2, Cookeville 4

Coffee County struggled to get its offense off the ground in the final game of a Saturday double-header.

Coffee County managed just two runs on six hits – none of which were extra base hits. Hayden Hullett had an RBI for the Raiders at the plate on a hit.

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Aiden Robertson took the loss on the mound for Coffee County. The sophomore worked 3 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 4 and struck out 5 while giving up a pair of earned runs.

Wyatt Nugent allowed 1 run in two innings and Charlie Pierce one run in 2 innings of work.

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