The Coffee County Red Raiders gained a split in the District 6AAA series with a 5-3 win over the CCHS Jets in Manchester Tuesday night.
"You have to tip your hat to Coffee County's pitcher tonight. He did a very good job of keeping us off balance. It was one of those games where a play here or a play there really makes a difference. We had opportunities to make a few plays that would have really changed the course of the game and we just couldn't execute. After our opening series we are right in the mix in the district race and still control our own fate," said Coach Dave Prichard.
"In order to get to where we want to be, we have to become better hitters. Aaron Jones pitched well enough to win tonight and we simply didn't support him as well as we are capable of, defensively or offensively," said CCHS Coach Dave Prichard, whose team fell to 9-5 overall and 1-1 in the district.
Jones was the losing pitcher, allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts.
CCHS scored in the top of first on a leadoff single by Matt Ledbetter, who stole second and scored on a John Bilbrey leadoff double. Bilbrey's double extended his hitting streak to 27 games.
Warren County answered with two runs in the bottom of the first taking advantage of a leadoff single, an error and a double.
The Red Raiders scored another two runs in the bottom of the second with a leadoff single, a walk and a two out hit.
Coffee County added their final run in the fourth with the leadoff hitter reaching on another error and two hits.
CCHS answered in the top of the seventh with singles by Ledbetter, Bilbrey and Tayler Houston and a triple by Jones. CCHS would only plate two runs though and fell short 5-3.
Schedule: CCHS has three road games this weekend — Thursday at Cocke County, Friday at Greeneville and Saturday at Clinton, before hosting Cookeville Monday at 6:30 p.m.
After the first two weeks of district play, Cookeville leads the district at 3-1, followed by CCHS (1-1), Coffee County (2-2), Warren County (2-2) and White County (0-2).
In earlier league action, Coffee County split with Cookeville; Warren County swept White County; and Cookeville swept Warren County.
Coffee County and White County play their home-and-home series next week.