Written by PHIL GATTO
The Moore County Raider District 9A record fell to 4-4 after losing to Eagleville 10-2 on Monday.
The Raiders looked good initially – despite having to face Eagleville senior pitcher Bryan Smith, who signed to play college baseball with Trevecca earlier in the season. Smith is on track to match his 92 strikeouts record from last season.
Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, Devan Bean led off the Raider batters with a double and then scored on a fielder’s choice.
Moore County tied the score in the third after Justin Durm led off the inning with a single and then scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Bean.
The Eagles added a run in the bottom of the third and another in the fourth.
However, it was in the fifth inning that the Eagle bats exploded on Raider left-hander Dakota Bateman for five runs, combined with five strikeouts by Smith that sounded the death knell for the Raiders.
Durm came on in relief in the fifth with two out and bases loaded to finish the game, giving up another run in the sixth.
The Raiders gave up some runs due to errors in fielding, throwing and base running that have seemed to plague the team for the past three weeks.
Despite the loss, several Eagle fans commented that Moore County had been more productive against Smith than most other teams this season.
The Raiders played Eagleville again on Tuesday in Lynchburg.
Last Thursday, the Raiders started off well in the Blaze Tournament at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro with Ben Harvey and Durm combining the pitching duties as the Raiders defeated Gordonsville 7-5 in the opening game of the tournament on Friday morning.
Bateman scored first for the Raiders in the bottom of the first inning thanks to consecutive errors by the Tigers, and then Montgomery added another run in the second.
Cole Boyce led off the third with a base hit and then scored on a double by Bean.
A double by Montgomery scored Bean and the Raiders led 4-1.
Gordonsville scored another run in the fourth, which was answered by the Raiders when James Dougherty scored on a base hit by Durm.
The Raiders scored their final two runs in the fifth when Bateman and Joshua Prater crossed the plate thanks to a fielding error by the Gordonsville right fielder on a fly ball by Harvey.
However, it was a host of errors by the Raiders that led to Moore County’s 6-1 loss to the Huntingdon Mustangs on Friday afternoon.
Two balks by pitcher Dougherty – the second of which scored the Mustangs’ first run –followed a dropped fly ball by Durm.
Huntingdon scored four more in the third, three of them coming on a blast over the left-center field wall, and then added another in the sixth.
Cashion scored the Raiders’ lone run in the sixth, scoring from second on a base hit by Durm.
Huntingdon would go on to lose to Eagleville in the final game of the tournament.
The Raiders saw a two-run lead in the top of the first disappear on a five-run scoring spree in the bottom of the inning as they fell to Perry County in the afternoon game 8-2.
Freshman Harper Case pitched most of the game for Moore County.
The Raiders will play in the Richland Wood Bat Classic today through Saturday.
They will host Fayetteville City High School at 4 p.m. on Monday.