Written by Contributing Sports Writer Phil Gatto
The Moore County Raiders improved their record in District 9A to .500 with an exciting win over Eagleville last Tuesday in Lynchburg.
Though the Raiders had suffered a 10-2 loss the previous day (with the help of Trevecca-bound, senior pitcher Bryan Smith) it apparently had done nothing to stifle their willingness to mix things up with the Eagles on Tuesday.
The Raiders got on the scoreboard first in the second inning thanks to a deep sacrifice fly ball by James Dougherty that scored Devan Bean. Bean led off the inning with a base hit.
The Raiders maintained their slim one-run lead until the top of the sixth when the Eagles led off with a double and then a base hit. Despite losing the lead, Raider head coach Josh Deal decided to stay with pitcher Cole Boyce and Boyce delivered with a three-up, three-down seventh inning. It then came down to the Raider offense. Ben Harvey got a base hit to put the winning run on first. Cody Cashion came to the plate and with two outs and two strikes Cashion hammered the ball over the left field wall for a walk-off home run for the 3-1 win.
1-2 in Tourney Play
The Raiders didn’t fare as well when they traveled to Richland to play non-district games in the Richland Wood Bat Classic. The Raiders scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning against Wayne County, with Chris Nix and Cashion leading off with singles and then scoring on hits by Justin Durm and Boyce. Harvey was the losing pitcher.
The Raiders lost the second game to Culleoka 7-3. They will face Culleoka again in regular season play on April 26 in Culleoka.
However, in the final game of the tournament on Friday night, southpaw Dakota Bateman put on a pitching demonstration as he notched up 14 strikeouts against Richland on the way to a 2-0 shutout. Joshua Prater scored the first run in the second inning and Durm scored in the third thanks to a passed ball and a groundout RBI by Bateman.
The Raiders were to play Fayetteville City High School in Lynchburg on Tuesday and then play in the Walking Horse Classic tournament this weekend.