LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Moore County had its chances against Middle Tennessee Christian School. Plenty of them.
Playing in front of a big home crowd on Senior Night, the Raiders’ baseball team fell behind early before an unsuccessful rally yielded a 5-4 loss to visiting Middle Tennessee Christian School on Monday night.
The Raiders twice loaded the bases against the Cougars, but couldn’t get the break they needed to push across a run.
The final time came in the bottom of the sixth with Middle Tennessee Christian leading 5-4. MTCS led 4-1 since the third inning, but Moore County finally pieced together a late rally.
The Raiders strung together enough offense in the bottom of the seventh to pull to within one. A walk, a sharply hit ball and a hit batsman helped MCHS load the bases with two outs. But MTCS reliever Will Barham enduced a grounder to first base to get out of the jam and help the Cougars (14-12, 8-4 in 9-A) escape with a District 9-A victory.
MTCS pitcher Griffin Harper (4-2) struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter in the win. Harper, Will Barham and Brayden Melton each had two hits.
Barham, who also got the save, had three RBIs for the Cougars.
Logan Burt earned the start on the bump for Moore County, while Mason Henshaw closed out the game for the Raiders.
Moore County lost to Middle Tennessee Christian 12-2 in Murfreesboro on Saturday and finished its District 9-A slate with a 1-11 mark.
MCHS 5, Eagleville 4
Heading into the series with MTCS, Moore County was coming off of a 5-4 win — the team’s only conference win — over Eagleville last week. The victory helped MCHS split the regular-season series with the Eagles.
After Moore County struck first for two runs in the top of the second inning, the host Eagles answered with four runs in the home half of the inning.
Moore County came right back in the third and tied the game with two more runs. After a scoreless fourth innings, the visitors took the lead for good in the fifth with a lone run.
Mason Henshaw worked 6 1/3 innings for Moore County, striking out four along the way. Each team had four hits and each team was charged with two errors.