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Raider baseball gets big 6th inning to complete sweep of Franklin County

Jayden Fellers celebrates after scoring on an RBI triple hit by Caleb Moran Tuesday, March 21, 2023. -- Photo by Holly Peterson, Thunder Radio

The Rebels made a series of defensive miscues in the sixth inning Tuesday.

The Red Raiders were right there to take advantage of them.

With the game tied 2-2, Franklin County made 3 errors in the bottom of the sixth, allowing Coffee County to send 3 runs across the plate and hang on for a 5-3 district win and a series sweep of the Rebels.

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The scoring started when Nate Rutledge reached first on an error with one out and was followed by a Carter McKenzie single. A balk put runners on second and third with two outs and Colter Neel’s ground ball went through the legs of another infielder to score one.

Jayden Fellers laid down a two-out bunt that would have ended the inning but was thrown into right field sending two runners across the plate and giving the Raiders a 5-2 lead.

The Rebels got the go ahead run to the plate in the top of the seventh thanks to a walk and a dropped third strike that would have ended the game. But Timothy Henderson closed the door when he got Casen Gilliam to fly out to Fellers in right-center.

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Henderson earned the win in relief, striking out 5 and allowing 1 hit over 2 innings. He did walk 2 and hit 1.

Red Raider starter Jacob Holder settled for a no decision. He struck out 7 over 5 innings of work and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits.

Franklin County scattered runs in the third and fifth innings. A Raider error aided the run in the third and Gus Gardner ripped an RBI double in the fifth to score Austin Roberts for Franklin County.

Coffee County scored 2 runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead at the time. Fellers walked and scored on an RBI triple by Moran, who later scored on an RBI single by Cole Pippenger.

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Josiah Cullins was tagged for the loss for the Rebels. He allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6 Raider batters.

Coffee County improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in District 6-4A play with the win.

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