By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
June 26, 2013 — Last week I counted down the top four events I witnessed with West Carter and now this week, it’s the Raiders' turn.
No. 4: East Carter 75, West Carter 67. This was actually the first game I covered on the job as the sports editor for the Journal-Times and I could not have picked a better one to start with.
Led by Kyle Stewart’s 22 points on 7-9 shooting, Jordan Burchett’s 13 points and Quinn Huddle’s 10, it allowed the Raiders to get a big win over their rivals on West’s home floor. East would build a 16-point lead going into the fourth quarter but West would make a run, cutting the lead to three. But East Carter found a way to win.
No. 3: Morgan County slips past East Carter baseball. I know I did the same thing last week by putting a loss in West Carter’s top four moments, but this was one of the best baseball games I covered. With so many ties and lead changes, it provided a lot of exciting moments for both the Cougars and the Raiders. East had already wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the 62nd District Tournament but needed to finish off Morgan for a little momentum. East was down 3-2 in the seventh when Austin Wells hit a sacrifice fly to score a run. In the eighth, East would take a two-run lead only to see Morgan come back and tie it up. In the ninth, the Raiders scored another run before Morgan would rally to win 7-6. Covering a game where a team that you cover loses is never easy but as a fan of sports in general, this game was a lot of fun to watch.
No. 2: Hager Easterling praises defense in win over Lewis County. The Lady Raiders did not shoot the ball well in this game, but forcing 31 turnovers can help any team to a victory. That is what happened back on Jan. 28 as the Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Lions 50-34. On a night where East shot 29 percent, they did things right on the other end to help earn their 13th win in the past 14 games. They were led in scoring by eighth grader Kristen Mayo. She scored 15 points.
No.1: East Carter wins 62nd District Softball Championship. Derek Calhoun and the East Carter softball team had not won a 62nd District Championship in five seasons. The previous four had been won by West Carter. But the Lady Raiders finally returned to the top of the mountain after defeating the Lady Comets 5-1 to earn its first championship since 2008. Tori Qualls would provide the offensive firepower, hitting a homerun and seventh grader Montana Fouts would hit a two-RBI base hit to pace East Carter. Inside the circle, Morgan Jacobs was equally as effective, yielding only one run in the seventh inning on a wild pitch.
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