SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School baseball team gave up six runs in the first two innings, including a 5-run second inning and couldn’t recover Saturday in the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament.
Facing the No. 2 seed Liberty Patriots at Liberty Middle School, the Raiders lost to the hosts 9-5.
Moore County battled back from the rocky start and finally plated a lone run in the top of the fourth inning, but Liberty added two more in the home half of the inning to go ahead 8-1. It was simply too much for the Raiders to overcome.
MCMS pushed across three in the top of the fifth and another in the sixth, while Liberty tacked on a run in the bottom half of the fifth inning.
“I didn’t expect to be one and done in the tournament this year, but we drew the best team,” said Moore County head coach Darren James of his seventh-seeded Raiders. “We had our chances to take them out.
“I’m proud of my boys and all the strides they have made as players, but more importantly as men.”
Moore County entered the tourney as the No. 7 seed after posting a 6-10 conference mark in the regular season. Cornersville was the No. 1 seed, followed by Liberty, Forrest, Fayetteville, Community and Cascade. Huntland at No. 8 and Westwood at No. 9 filled out the bracket.
The tournament championship was scheduled for Tuesday night. Results were not available at press time.
On Saturday, both Moore County and Liberty belted 10 hits each, with the Patriots getting five base knocks in the first inning and a third against MCMS starter Cameron Pykiet. Pykiet, who was saddled with the loss, gave up six runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking three.
Stone Frost worked the final 4 2/3 for the Raiders, allowing three runs on five hits, while fanning five.
Offensively, Frost went 3-for-4 with a double from the plate, while Hunter Brown was 2-for-4. Jimmy Stewart, Pykiet, River Hasty and Seth Warren had one hit each. Warren had a pair of RBIs.