MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Moore County High School’s 2016 baseball season ended Thursday in Murfreesboro with a 4-3 extra innings loss to Middle Tennessee Christian School in the first round of the District 9-A tournament.
The game was played in windy and cold conditions.
After the visiting Raiders went three and out in the first inning, Clay Burnett took the mound for the Raiders, giving up a double. But the MCHS defense held.
In the second inning, Zach Hannah got a base hit for the Raiders and stole a base, but he was left on base.
Two hits and an error led to two runs for the Cougars in the bottom of the inning and Moore County failed to do anything in the top of the third.
A double, which eventually led to another run in the bottom of the third, put MTSC up 2-0.
Coy Cashion bunted his way on base in the Raider fourth, and stole second. Hannah received a base on balls, but again both were left on base.
The Cougars added another run in their half of the third to build the lead to 3-0.
Mason Henshaw came on in relief in the fourth inning for Moore County and the southpaw pitcher would hold the MTCS batters to two straight hitless innings.
Moore County’s Tanner Womble led off the fifth inning with a free trip to first, but was picked off for the first out.
Then Andy Huffer got a base hit. With two outs, Burnett singled and stole second. Will Slatten got the walk and then Logan drove in Huffer and Burnett to make it 3-2. Cashion singled to drive in Slatten and knotted the game at 3-all.
In the sixth, Womble more than made up for the pickoff by getting a base hit and then stealing second and eventually scoring to put the Raiders up by one.
MTCS came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, eventually sending the game into extra innings.
Henshaw struck out the first Cougar batter in the eighth inning, and Dillon Taylor threw out the second on a bunt attempt.
However, the next hitter reached first base when the Raider infield mishandled the ball. He advanced to second on a passed ball.
The final MTCS batter grounded what appeared to be the third out, but the throw from third was too high and the Cougars scored the winning run.
The Raiders ended the season 10-18.
Moore County was coming off of a rain-shortened 4-3 victory over Richland on May 3 in the regular season finale. Following the game, the Raiders’ seven seniors were honored.