Written by Phil Gatto
The Moore County Raider baseball team suffered its first shutout loss of the 2012 season, falling 5-0 to the Community Vikings in Unionville on Monday.
The loss put the Raiders record at 4-2-1, and 2-2 in District 9A.
Superb pitching by the Vikings and errors by the Moore County defense seemed to be the Raiders’ undoing.
Thirteen Raider batters were struck out in the game.
Ben Harvey went the distance on the mound for Moore County, giving up six hits, walking four and striking out six.
The Vikings scored in the first inning after a base hit drove in one run.
The game remained close until the bottom of the fifth when Community exploded for three runs, and then added another in the sixth.
The Raiders suffered their first loss of the season in a 5-4 decision to non-district opponent Cornersville Friday in Lynchburg.
James Dougherty pitched five innings in a game that saw the Bulldogs score five runs, but only one of those was an earned run, as were two of Moore County’s scores.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the second inning, both coming on fielding errors.
Moore County tied it up in the bottom of the second, thanks to two base-on-balls, a flurry of passed balls and wild pitches.
Two more Raider errors in the third inning led to two more Bulldog runs.
Cole Boyce got a base hit in the Raider half of the inning and was driven in by Devan Bean’s double.
Cornersville scored another run in the fifth on another fielding error.
Trailing by two in the final frame, Joshua Prater drew a walk, and then was moved to third on a base hit by Josh Allison.
Justin Durm’s base hit drove in Prater to pull the Raiders within one with no outs, but then Allison was caught stealing third and Durm was picked off at first.
Boyce grounded out the shortstop to end the game.
The Raiders handed Huntland a 12-0 drubbing in Huntland last Tuesday, with Harvey getting the win in five innings. Harvey and Boyce both got two hits each in the game.
The Raiders will travel to Grundy County today for a 5 p.m. varsity game followed by the JVs.
They will travel to Lookout Valley for a double-header on Saturday, playing Lookout Valley at noon (EST) and then Copper Basin at 2:30 (EST).
They will host Middle Tennessee Christian School at 4 p.m. Monday and the travel to MTCS on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game in Murfreesboro.