Three Moore County Raiders will suit up for their last regular season baseball home game today and will be honored at the annual MCHS Senior Day.
Following the game with Culleoka at 4 p.m., Raider seniors Cody Cashion, Justin Durm, and Cole Montgomery will be honored for their careers as Raider baseball players.
Cashion – the second baseman for the Raiders – is the son of Marty and Jamie Cashion. Durm – who plays third base and shortstop – is a four-year starter and the son of Troy and Dawn Durm. Montgomery – who has played centerfield for the past two seasons – is the son of Gary Montgomery and Paige Jones.
The Raiders will be hoping for a better outing against Culleoka than they had against Cascade in Lynchburg on Monday.
The Champions struck first and often in the game, getting three runs in the top of the first inning against Raider junior pitcher Cole Boyce.
Behind the arm of pitcher Jared Carkuff who will play for the Austin Peay Governors next season, the Champions held the Raiders scoreless, adding three more runs in the fourth. Moore County finally managed to get on the scoreboard in their half of the fifth. Montgomery led off with a base hit and then moved to second on a balk and to third on a passed ball.
Cashion drove in Montgomery with a base hit. After stealing second, Cashion scored from there when Carkuff’s pickoff attempt sailed deep into centerfield to pull the Raiders to 6-2.
Ben Harvey, who had come on relief and held the Champions hitless in the fifth, gave up one run in the sixth thanks to a double and a single, and then was hammered in the seventh as the Champions scored three more.
The Raiders went two for three in the Walking Horse Classic tournament.
Playing without the three seniors who were gone on the annual senior trip, the Raiders fell to Ezell-Harding 8-2 in their game at Eagleville on Thursday, and then defeated Mt. Pleasant 5-2 at Middle Tennessee Christian in Murfreesboro.
The Raiders faced powerful Christ Presbyterian on Saturday in Wartrace, but fell 5-3 in that game.
WRITTEN BY PHIL GATTO