The Moore County Raiders’ bid to overtake Forrest for third place in the regular-season District 9-A standings took a blow on Monday afternoon as the Raiders lost at home to Eagleville 2-1.
Eagleville got a solo home run off of MCHS pitcher Ben Harvey in the fifth inning to knot the game at 1-all and then added the winning run in the top of the sixth thanks to three consecutive hits. The host Raiders put two aboard in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn’t push across a tying run. Moore County then went down in order in the seventh inning as the Eagles escaped with a one-run win.
Harvey was saddled with the loss after giving up seven hits. He got little help from the Moore County offense, which was limited to just four hits in the day. Harvey, Joshua Prater, Cole Boyce and Chris Nix each had a hit for the hosts. It was a deep sacrifice in the fourth inning by Nix that scored courtesy runner Dylon Smith, giving Moore County a short-lived 1-0 lead.
MCHS needed to sweep Eagleville and hope for a Forrest loss against Huntland in order to overtake the Rockets for the third spot.
The Raiders bats did come alive on Tuesday, as Moore County belted 14 hits in a 6-2 win at Eagleville. Zach Ray got the win on the mound.
Middle Tennessee Christian sits atop the league standings with a 12-2 record, while Community was next with a 9-4 mark after beating Cascade on Monday. Both Forrest and Moore County are guaranteed to finish in the top half of the league, as Cascade and Eagleville could only finish .500 at best. Huntland and Fayetteville City hold down spots seven and eight, respectively.
Read more on Moore County baseball, including Senior Night, in the May 2 edition of the Moore County News.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor (Robert Holman may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)