LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School baseball season came to a close on Thursday, April 28 as the Raiders fell to visiting Cornersville 2-1 in the opening round of the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament.
It took eight innings to settle the contest, and Moore County had its share of opportunities to win the game. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, thanks in part to a leadoff walk. A two-out single pushed the Cornersville runner across and the visitors had the lead.
Moore County answered, however, in the bottom of the fifth. Bouncing back quickly, the Raiders managed to get Gage Parks on board when Parks stole first following a strikeout and a passed ball. Taking advantage of the Cornersville error and with the speedy Parks on base, MCMS managed to score without a hit in the inning.
Moore County went down in order in the sixth, but showed some life in the seventh when Parks reached again, this time on a two-out single. A 1-3 putout ended the Moore County rally, however, and the game headed to extra innings.
In the eighth inning, it was again a leadoff walk that put the Raiders on their heels. A stolen base, followed by a single through the left side plated one run for the Bulldogs and put them in front 2-1.
Moore County was in good shape in the home half of the inning when Ryder Morey drew a leadoff walk. The Bulldogs caught a break though when Ben Fletcher lined a shot to first base and the Cornersville defense caught Morey well off the bag for a double play.
Mason Pierce drew a walk to keep the Raiders’ hopes alive, but fellow eighth-grader Brandon Brown bounced one back to the pitcher who made an easy play to end the game and the Raiders’ season.
Fletcher worked five innings, struck out three and left with no decision. Morey worked the final three innings in relief and was saddled with the loss after giving up the run in the eighth.
The game marked the final middle school contest for MCMS eighth-graders Fletch, Pierce, Brown, Parks, Austin Brinkley and Case Corder.
The Raiders closed out their regular season home slate on April 18 against Eagleville, winning 7-2. They finished with a 6-11 record on the year.