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By Marlana Smith
The North Shelby Raiders defeated Atlanta in the Class 1 District 13 championship game on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at La Plata, 8-7.
This is the second year in a row the Raiders have claimed the District Title. This is North Shelby’s head coach Scott Gaines’ third title in 17 years. He currently holds a 113-112 record.
“It’s pretty special! Our district is tough ever year, so whoever wins it, definitely earned it,” said North Shelby head coach Scott Gaines.
“To be able to repeat after replacing last year’s senior class speaks to the leadership of this year’s seniors and the work ethic of the freshmen and sophomores who stepped into starting roles.”
Atlanta got on the board in the first inning after a single by Prestyn Peavle on a 3-0 count, scoring one run. The Hornets added two more runs in the inning holding a 3-0 lead.
North Shelby’s JD Rich doubled on a line drive to left field and Casey Shockley was later walked.
The Raiders (11-6) got on the board after Cade Fallert doubled on a fly ball to left field bringing Rich across the plate.
North Shelby’s Isaac Berry singled on a line drive to center field, bringing in Fallert.
Atlanta took a 6-2 lead in the top of the third inning.
The Raiders scored in the bottom of the third after Shockley hit the ball to right field and Rich scored after tagging up. Atlanta held a 6-3 advantage.
North Shelby pulled away with five runs in the fourth inning.
Rich singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one, Cole Browning doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs and Fallert doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
Fallert earned the win for the Raiders. The pitcher went four innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out one.
Browning started the game for NS. He allowed five hits and six runs over three innings, striking out two.
NS had eight hits in the game. Fallert and Rich had two hits to lead the Raiders. Atlanta had nine.