By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
MOOREVILLE – Hatley stayed unbeaten Friday afternoon but the Tigers didn’t add a notch to the win column either.
In the Mooreville Tournament, Hatley (11-0-1) and Mooreville played eight before time limit ended a 3-all tie.
Mooreville (5-6-1) had six errors to eradicate a two-hit outing from starter Zack Gumm, who pitched seven strong.
“We’re struggling at the plate right now,” Hatley coach John Harris said. “If we hit, we’re going to be successful. We’ve got to get back to the drawing board.”
Hatley had three hits, the first one from Caleb Walters in the fifth. His RBI single drove in Russ Johnson before Hunter Schrock scored to tie the game at 3 after the ball was mishandled in the outfield.
Johnson was hit in the head on an 0-2 count and Schrock reached on an error, both with two outs.
Hatley had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an error, steal and a sacrifice.
“We’re not good enough right now to overcome those things,” said Mooreville first-year coach Derek Thompson. “For us to be successful, we have to pitch it well, play great defense, get timely hitting. We did two of those things, didn’t play defense well.”
Mooreville scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning. Brian Hallmark singled to open the inning. With one out, John Morgan Gilland reached on one of two Hatley errors and Chandler Crawford walked to load the bases. Josh Carlisle struck Cody Cryder out but Ben Seay’s two-run single put the Toopers ahead 2-1.
Mooreville took a 3-1 lead on Austin Lauderdale’s RBI single but Seay was called out at home on a bang-bang play.
Mooreville had six hits, none against Jake Self who retired six straight to close the game. Carlisle came on to relieve starter Russ Jonhson with two on and one out in the third and struck out two.
Hatley left two on in the second and Self was stranded at third in the sixth. Mooreville left two on in the third. Kurtis Yarbrough took away a couple of potential hits from his third base spot for Mooreville and first baseman Austin Timms made a tough grab for the final out with two on in the top of the eighth.
“We’ll be fine. They’re scratching and clawing,” Harris said. “They didn’t have their best stuff today. Luckily we’re pitching well and playing good defense.”