LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School baseball team pieced together a seven-hit effort en route to winning its first game of the young season as the Raiders topped visiting Huntland 6-5 on Monday afternoon. MCMS was coming off an 8-1 loss to Cornersville on Friday night.
The Raiders (1-3) dropped a 10-7 decision to the Hornet in Huntland on Tuesday.
The team plays at Forrest at 5 p.m. on Friday and will host Cascade at 4 p.m. on March 21.
Monday’s game against Huntland was a back-and-forth affair that featured two ties and three lead changes. In Lynchburg, Moore County scattered seven hits among six batters. Ryder Morey went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Gage Parks had a double and an RBI. Ben Fletcher, Mason Pierce, Brandon Brown and Austin Brinkley each had one hit apiece.
After a scoreless first inning, Huntland struck first with one run in the second. MCMS answered with a run of its own to tie the score at 1-1 headed to the third inning.
Huntland, which managed just three hits, plated lone runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Moore County meanwhile, had one in the second inning, pushed two across in the third and tacked on three in the bottom of the fifth. Trailing 4-3 in the fifth inning, Moore County scored three runs on a pair of hits and two Huntland errors.
Singles by Morey and Fletcher sparked the rally. Pierce reached on an error and Case Corder reached on an error that resulted in a pair of RBIs.
Parks started for Moore County and pitched three full innings. He left in the fourth after facing a pair of Hornets and issuing back-to-back walks. Parks faced 15, giving up two runs on one hit and an error. He struck out two and walked two.
Morey closed out the contest and earned the win on the hill. He worked the complete fourth to go along with the final three innings. Facing 18 batters, Morey fanned seven, walked two and allowed three runs. He retired the side in the seventh to put the Hornets away.
At Cornersville, Bulldogs’ pitcher Landon Courtemanche struck out seven of the 19 Moore County batters he faced as the hosts cruised to the win.
Moore County gave up five runs in the first inning while committing two costly errors. Two hits and three more Moore County errors in the sixth inning allowed the hosts to add two insurance runs.
Ben Fletcher started and was saddled with the loss. Ryder Morey and Mason Pierce also pitched. Moore County’s lone run came in the sixth inning when Will Harder reached on an error, scoring Morey in the process. Fletcher and Gage Parks had Moore County’s only hits.
While the Raiders struck out a total of nine times, the two Cornersville pitchers combined to issue 10 walks. Moore County was unable to get the timely hit it needed, however, and stranded 10 base runners — two in the first; two in the second; three in the sixth and three in the seventh.