By David Knox
Moore County started the week with a win over Cascade but some tough close losses haunted the Raiders. On Tuesday, April 17, Moore County lost to Cascade 4-2 after beating the Champions 9-4 on Monday. Bryson Dobbs drilled a two-run home run in defeat. Clay Burnett pitched 4.2 innings and gave up five hits and three unearned runs while striking out six. He also had a hit and scored on Dobbs’ homer. In the Walking Horse Classic at Community on Thursday, the Raiders dropped a heartbreaker to Culleoka 4-3, giving up four runs in the final two innings to see the game slip away after building a 3-0 lead. Junior Hunter Brown delivered one of his best efforts on the mound this season, going all seven innings and giving up three earned runs. He struck out three. Cameron Pykiet had an RBI single to put MCHS up 1-0 in the second and Dobbs stayed red hot, belting another two-run homer in the fifth inning. Culleoka scored on a walk, two hits and a steal in the sixth. They scored on a hit batter, single and an error and another single in the seventh. The Raiders committed four errors. Burnett, Morey and Jimmy Stewart had a hit apiece, but the Raiders managed just five in the game. On Saturday, Central handed the Raiders a 10-0 loss. Freshman Riley Holman banged out a pair of hits and Carson Templeton had one, but the Raiders couldn’t scratch out another hit. The defense had a rough game, making six errors. The Raiders came back to lose yet another one-run game, 4-3 to Middle Tennessee Christian. MCHS led 3-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh. The Raiders swung the bats well. Stewart was 1-for-4 with a home run and Dobbs was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. River Hasty was 3-for-3 and scored a run and Brown and Burnett each had singles and Burnett stole a base. Templeton had a hit and scored a run as the Raiders (7-14-1) did everything in their Saturday nightcap except close out the win. This week, they were scheduled to visit Huntland on Monday, host Huntland on Tuesday, travel to RCA on Thursday and visit Culleoka on Friday to close out the regular season in advance of district tournament play.