Moore County’s baseball team dropped both games of its regular season series against Community last week. The Raiders lost 4-0 at home last Wednesday and then dropped a 3-1 decision on the road last Thursday.
On Wednesday, Community belted nine hits and limited MCHS to just four en route to the shutout. The visitors scored two runs in the third inning and added two insurance runs in the fifth.
Singles by Drake Schuls and Kyle Davidson, sandwiched by a sacrifice from Tyler Broiles, set the stage for Taylor Paschal. His two-run single gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead in the third. Paschal finished with three RBIs in the game.
James Dougherty worked all seven innings for Moore County, giving up six hits, while striking out three in taking the loss. The Raiders got hits from Dougherty, Chris Nix, Cole Boyce and Sammy Adcock.
Five Moore County errors kept the Raiders from making a run at the Vikings.
Community’s Paschal scattered four hits in six innings of work, striking out six and walking one to earn the win.
On Thursday, Community jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After two scoreless innings, the Raiders managed to pull even in the top of the fourth inning.
A single by Adcock and a sacrifice by Lee Huffer put Dylan Smith — who was running for Adcock — in scoring position. Andy Huffer reached on an error that also allowed Smith to scamper over to third and eventually make it home. A groundout by Nix ended the Moore County threat and left the game knotted at 1-all.
Moore County failed to take advantage of a solid outing by Boyce, who earned the start on the mound, as well as a plethora of Community errors. The Vikings committed six errors and managed just three hits off the Moore County senior pitcher.
But the Raiders never got the timely hit they needed. Community answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held off every Moore County threat the rest of the way as the Raiders stranded nine base runners in the game.
Will Slatten, Boyce, Adcock and Logan Burt each had a hit for Moore County.
Boyce was saddled with the loss, while Community’s Quinn Frost, who entered the game in the fourth inning in relief of Dillon West, earned the win.