LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Missing senior leadership, a young Moore County Raider baseball team hung tough with highly-rated Eagleville Monday in Lynchburg.
The Raiders, 5-14 overall and winless in District 9A, hosted the district-leading Eagles (10-6, 6-3) at Jim Burton Field, with the team’s seniors gone on the annual Moore County High School senior trip.
Logan Burt went the distance on the mound for Moore County, giving up only one earned run in Moore County’s 2-1 loss.
Eagleville’s second hitter drove one to left field then moved to second on a passed ball. He moved to third on ground out, but a fly ball to Will Slatten in left field ended the Eagles’ half of the first.
The Raiders went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the inning.
Burt struck out the first Eagle hitter in the second, but then gave up a hit to left center. That runner was forced out at second and then Eagleville was retired on a fly ball to shortstop Clay Burnett.
Burt struck out the first batter in the third only to have him reach first on a passed ball. The miscue led to Eagleville’s first run following an MCHS error and a base hit.
Eagleville started off the fourth inning with a home run over the left field fence.
Moore County answered the Eagleville score in the bottom of the fourth after Henshaw drew a base on balls, and was driven home on a double by Sammy Adcock.
The Raiders offense appeared ready to do something special as Burnett beat out a groundball to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and then moved to second on a passed ball.
Henshaw drew another walk. Slatten struck out and then Adcock drilled a hard grounder to the Eagleville third baseman, who stepped on the bag and then threw to first to end the inning.
Neither team managed to score in the seventh.
Moore County was scheduled to complete the season series against the Eagles with a trip to Eagleville on Tuesday. Results of that contest were not available at press time Tuesday evening.
The Raiders travel to Murfreesboro for a 2 p.m. game with Middle Tennessee Christian School on Saturday. Senior Night is scheduled for Monday, April 27 as MCHS will host Middle Tennessee Christian School.
Last week Moore County picked up a 6-1 win over visiting Webb School and a 4-2 victory over Lancaster. On Saturday, the Raiders dropped an 11-5 decision to Cascade and a 7-2 decision to Central Magnate.