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Strong effort by Dougherty squandered in district loss to Huntland

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Moore County's Will Slatten (right) heads back to third base after a pitch during Monday's 6-1 loss to Huntland. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County’s Will Slatten (right) heads back to third base after a pitch during Monday’s 6-1 loss to Huntland. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County High School baseball team finally managed to get outdoors, though the start to the 2015 season wasn’t exactly what the Raiders had hoped for.

Moore County dropped a season-opening contest to Cascade 5-0 last week and then dropped the first game of a home-and-away District 9-A series against rival Huntland 6-1 on Monday afternoon.

The start to the spring sports season has been a messy one. Ice in late February and early March and then heavy rains have kept the Raiders off the field and forced the team to scrap preseason contests against Webb and Cornersville and then the first two regular season games against Webb and East Nashville Magnet School.

Last week’s Cascade game was hardly any better. The Champions plated four runs in the first inning and another in the third inning before the game was washed away. The teams never managed to finish the fourth inning.

Logan Burt saw time on the hill for Moore County before the game was called.

On Monday, the Raiders were forced to dive straight into District 9-A action against a good Huntland team.

Moore County got five strong innings from senior James Dougherty on the mound. Dougherty tossed five scoreless innings, threw 18 first-pitch strikes and fanned five Hornets before leaving the game with the Raiders leading 1-0.

Moore County’s lone run came in the fifth inning, but it wouldn’t hold up.

The Hornets punched five across in the sixth inning after Dougherty was lifted an inning earlier. The guests added another run in the top of the seventh for the final tally. Huntland finished with 11 hits on the day, while MCHS had just two.

Each team was charged with two errors.

The two teams were scheduled to go back after each other on Tuesday in Huntland.

Moore County is scheduled to host Cornersville on Thursday and Nashville Christian on Friday. Another league series is on tap next Monday and Tuesday as the Raiders host the Community Vikings on Monday and travel to Unionville on Tuesday.

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