Senior Brandon Moore was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Raiders' 11-10 loss Wednesday to the Collins Hill High School Eagles.
The Habersham Central High School baseball team dropped region matchups with Mill Creek High School Monday and Collins Hill High School Wednesday.
HCHS hosted MCHS for a game that turned out to be all Hawks in a 16-0 defeat for the Raiders.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead with six runs in the first inning.
“Mill Creek is a very talented team and they swung the bats extremely well,” said HCHS Head Coach Chris Akridge.
MCHS followed up its first inning with a seven-run second and a three-run third inning performance that lead to an early ending to the game due to run rule.
The Hawks held the Raiders hitless in the three-inning contest.
“That was certainly a tough one to swallow,” Akridge said.
The Raiders traveled to Suwanee to face the CHHS Eagles on the diamond and came up just short of a comeback victory in an 11-10 loss.
The Raiders were the first to strike with a two-run second inning effort. The Eagles answered in the bottom of the frame with their first run of the game.
HCHS added a single run the following inning, then gave up six runs defensively to put the score at 7-3 in favor of CHHS.
CHHS would add one more in the fifth and three in the sixth to complete its scoring in the game.
HCHS notched two runs in the top of the fifth, which left an 11-5 deficit for the Raiders heading into their final chances at the plate in the seventh inning.
“I was proud of how we fought,” Akridge said. “We could have easily laid down after their big inning in the third, but our guys kept battling.”
In the final inning, seniors Nick Foster, Sloan Austin and Kael Ingle, along with juniors Payton Dalton and Jay Nix, were all able to find their way around the bases to score despite none of the five getting a hit to get on base.
The Raiders were able to put together eight RBIs to get their 10 runs in the game despite only landing six hits.
Nix and senior Brandon Moore were bright spots at the plate for HCHS, earning four of the team’s six hits.
Nix was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a pair of walks.
Moore was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He was also walked once.
Foster and fellow senior Patrick Taylor grabbed the other two hits for the Raiders.
Foster pitched for HCHS and delivered a complete game. The senior gave up 10 runs on 11 hits, though only three of the runs were earned.
“Nick fought his tail off on the mound and we had some clutch hits in the seventh but we’d dug ourselves in a hole earlier in the game and just couldn’t string together enough hits to complete the comeback,” Akridge said.
HCHS was slated to host Norcross today, April 4, at 6:30 p.m., but moved the game to April 3 due to the threat of rain. Scores and stats were unavailable by press time.
The next opportunity to see HCHS play will be Monday as they host North Gwinnett High School at Raider Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.