At Unionville, the Raiders fell 6-3, despite outhitting the hosts 8-7.
Moore County stranded 10 in the contest, and twice had the bases loaded, but failed to generate a run. The lack of timely hitting proved to be the Raiders’ undoing.
After the MCHS took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first, the Vikings bounced back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead and went ahead 2-1 after one inning.
Community built a 3-1 lead before the Raiders rallied to tie the score a 3-all with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.
But the Vikings plated three in the fourth inning to go back in front.
The first two Community batters reached, as Gabe Warrick singled and Schuls was hit by a pitch. After a Tyler Broiles sacrifice, Pride delivered a go-ahead single, scoring pinch-runner Brandon Mooneyham. Community added the second run of the inning on a Moore County error.
The Vikings concluded the rally on a Taylor Paschal suicide squeeze, scoring Pride to take the 6-3 lead.
James Dougherty took the loss for Moore County.
Moore County (2-22) falls to the loser’s bracket, where the Raiders will face Fayetteville City at noon on Saturday. That game will be played at Chapel Hill, as Forrest High School will host the remainder of the tournament.
The Raiders were coming off of a 6-0 loss Wednesday evening to Cornersville and have now lost nine straight. Another loss will end the Raiders’ season.
After Wednesday’s game, Moore County seniors Chandler Smith, Cole Boyce, Dillon Davis, Nate Lewis, Chris Nix, Dylan Smith and Hannah Pierce were honored.
Fayetteville and Moore County have split a pair of one-run games this season, with the Tigers winning 7-6 on March 31 in Fayetteville and the Raiders winning 9-8 on April 1 in Lynchburg.
–From staff reports