By David Knox
Moore County High’s baseball team went 2-1-1 in the Viking Classic last weekend, highlighted by an eight-run rally in their final at-bat to register a tie. The Viking Classic was staged by Community, and Moore County hosted 12 games Friday and Saturday, including all four of its games in the event. In the tournament opener on Friday, the Raiders got a good pitching performance from Carson Templeton to beat the Middle Tennessee Monarchs of Nashville 3-2. He pitched a complete game, allowing two runs, just one earned, on five hits. He struck out five and walked three. Ryder Morey was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Jimmy Stewart drove in a run and Clay Burnett had a hit and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Templeton and Bryson Dobbs added two hits apiece, each with a double. In Friday night’s game, the Raiders and Lauderdale County (AL) battled to a wild 10-10 tie. The Raiders trailed 10-2 going to the bottom of the fifth, but they rallied for eight runs to end the game. Morey was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored and an RBI. Dobbs and fellow freshman Dustin Thomas each drove in two runs. The Raiders had nine hits and took advantage of 10 Lauderdale County walks to manage the tie despite striking out 10 times and not executing consistently on defense. Hunter Brown pitched four innings and allowed only two hits and five earned runs but two more unearned runs scored. He struck out two and walked six. Seth Warren pitched an inning and gave up two hits and three unearned runs. He struck out one. The Raiders made five errors. In Saturday’s first game, the Raiders took a 7-6 win over Riverside Christian Academy. Sophomores Mason Pierce and Gage Parks did the work off the mound to back an 11-hit attack by the Raiders, who also swiped seven bases. Pierce pitched three innings, giving up one hit and three runs, two unearned. He walked three and fanned one. Parks tossed the final two innings and managed to get the door closed in the fifth and final inning as RCA rallied to make it a one-run game. He allowed three runs, all unearned, on two hits and three walks and he struck out two. Morey was 2-for-3, doubled, and scored two runs. Brown had two hits, one a double, and drove in a run. Burt, Stewart, Hasty, Pierce and Parks also had RBIs. In Saturday’s second game, Cannon County knocked off the Raiders 9-2. With several regulars sitting out in advance of this week’s district games against Eagleville, Fletcher gave a solid pitching performance and knocked out a couple of base hits but MCHS couldn’t get a big hit with runners on and the visitors pulled away late.