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Raider baseball season getting tighter

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Raider baseball player Josh Prater takes a swing.Written by Phil Gatto

The Moore County High School Raider baseball team wound up on the losing end of a 3-1 score at home Monday against Middle Tennessee Christian School (3-6, 1-2).

The loss changed the Raiders overall season record to 7-3-1 and District 9A record to 4-2. Moore County currently ranks third behind Cascade (4-1, 10-2) and Eagleville (3-1, 10-2).

The Cougars jumped on top of junior hurler Ben Harvey in the first inning after Harvey gave up a double and then two walks to load the bases.

The next hitter delivered a hard grounder to third but third baseman Joshua Prater’s throw to the plate was off the mark and the runner scored.

MTCS scored again in the third, increasing the Cougar lead to 3-0.

Cole Boyce came in to relieve Harvey in the fifth inning.

The Raider offense came alive in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Justin Durm got a base hit, followed by a hit by Devan Bean.

Dakota Bateman collected a base hit to score Durm, and allowed the Raiders to avoid the shut out.


Versus Lookout Valley

The Raiders traveled to Lookout Valley on Saturday and came away with a 9-0 win over the Yellowjackets (5-2, 4-0) that featured a three-run shot over the right field wall by Bateman.

The Raiders dropped Copper Basin in the second game, winning 5-3 in a game that featured the Raider bench.

Last Thursday, the Raiders pounded Grundy County, with a one-hit performance on the mound by Bateman.

The Raiders paid Community back on Tuesday for the loss they faced at the hands of the Vikings; winning 7-6 in a contest that saw Prater hit his first home run of the year.

Prater’s home run was followed immediately by a home run by Cole Montgomery.

The Raiders will travel to Murfreesboro on Friday to take on Huntingdon at 11 a.m. at Blackman High School in the first round of the Blackman Blaze Tournament.

They will travel to Eagleville on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. game with the highly ranked Eagles, and then will entertain the Eagles at 4 p.m. in Lynchburg.