Blue Raiders struggle in Trojan Classic
by By RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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CLEVELAND SHORTSTOP Austin Dykes tries to put the tag on Moore County's Dakota Bateman as he slides into second on a stolen base during baseball action in the Trojan Classic Saturday, at the Toby McKenzie Baseball Complex.
CLEVELAND SHORTSTOP Austin Dykes tries to put the tag on Moore County's Dakota Bateman as he slides into second on a stolen base during baseball action in the Trojan Classic Saturday, at the Toby McKenzie Baseball Complex.
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With the dirt still damp and the grass glistening with the remnants of morning dew and Friday's downpour, the Cleveland Blue Raiders got up early Saturday morning — after a Friday night loss Collierville — to square off against Moore County in their final appearance in the Trojan Classic baseball tournament.

Cleveland coach Ted Carson said the 11-7 loss and quick turnaround was no excuse for the Blue Raiders' 9-1 loss to Moore County.

"We had a good game going (against Collierville) then they got a few hits and we helped them out. We hit some balls good and played good at times. We didn't do many things well today and when that happens you are going to get beat," said a frustrated Carson. "It (the quick turnaround) shouldn't have had anything to do with it. They (Moore County) played the late game and didn't get off the field until midnight last night and they played well."

The Moore County Raiders put the first number on the board with a run in the top of the first after single and help from a pair of Cleveland errors.

The Cleveland Raiders returned the favor in the bottom of the second. Koltyn Plumb singled to left with two out to get it going. Allison Reed trotted to first after being hit by a pitch and courtesy runner Ben Wyrick scored when Michael Henderson also singled to left.

The lead lasted until the top of the third. The visiting Raiders pounded out four straight hits and three runs to go up 4-1 before Cleveland got three straight outs to retire the side.

Moore County added five more runs in the fourth with two hits and the third Cleveland error of the game. Carson took the walk to the mound with one out and two runs in to replace Earle with Austin Dykes. Cleveland got the second out of the inning on a squeeze bunt rundown. The extended out allowed both base runners to move to third and second. Both runners scored on a double down the right-field line to put Moore County up 6-1. The fifth and final run of the inning crossed the plate for Moore County on a throw to second.

"(Spotty play) has been the story of our season. When they want to get focused and play we can play with anybody. We can play with anybody or we can be as bad as we can be."

Cleveland will be back into district baseball Monday at home against McMinn County.

SUMMARY

Moore County 103 500 0 — 9 8 1

Cleveland 010 000 0 — 1 6 3

WP: James Dougherty. LP: Jackson Earle. 2B: Ben Harver (MC); Eric Powers (C). Other highlights: Ryan Adkins 2-3 (C). Records: Cleveland 12-18.