LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School baseball team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to top visiting Westwood 11-4 on Monday evening. The Raiders took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning but watched as the Rockets came back in the top of the fifth inning to plate three runs and pull ahead 4-3.
After chasing Westwood starter Zack Milan in the fourth inning, however, the Raiders forced the Rockets to run through a battery that included four pitchers before game’s end.
Ben Fletcher started Moore County’s rally in the fourth after being hit by a pitch. Mason Pierce singles and Gage Parks was hit by a pitch. Will Harder reached on fielder’s choice and Riley Holman walked. Westwood issued walks to Ethan Huskey, Austin Kirby and Austin Brinkley before finally getting Ryder Morey to fly out to right field.
Fetcher, Harder and Holman scored in the inning as MCMS took a 3-1 lead.
In the fourth inning, a triple by Fletcher got the Raiders’ offense going. Pierce, Parks and Holman each drew a walk before a single by Huskey scored two runs. A single by Brinkley plated both Parks and Holman and the Raiders were in front 7-4.
Moore County tacked on four more in the sixth inning and it was Fletcher who jumpstarted the offense again, this time with a double to left center. Parks and Holman each earned a base after being hit by a pitch and Huskey reached on a fielder’s choice. Kirby, Brinkley and Morey walked.
Fletcher had already scored once in the inning by the time he flew out to center for the third out. Parks Holman and Huskey scored in the inning as well and Moore County had an insurmountable 11-4 lead.
Pierce, who took over on the hill for Morey in the fifth inning earned the win. Morey worked four innings and struck out four. Pierce navigated the final three innings, worked out of a jam in the fifth and fanned three.
Fayetteville 12, MCMS 2
Visiting Fayetteville scored 12 runs after scattering seven hits against four different Moore County pitchers on March 29. Mason Pierce started on the bump and gave up four runs on three hits, while striking out six and walking two in three innings of work. Pierce took the loss.
Gage Parks, Ethan Huskey and Riley Holman worked the final four innings, giving up four hits combined. The Tigers took advantage of eight walks.
Moore County’s offense struggled against Fayetteville pitcher Josh Thomas, who struck out eight in six innings to get the win.
MCMS scored one run in the sixth and one in the seventh. Fletcher, Morey and Holman had Moore County’s only hits in the contest.
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