Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High freshman first baseman Oakley Stinson receives a pickoff throw from junior pitcher Isaac Belton as Gordonsville’s Joey Parliment slides back in safely.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High freshman first baseman Oakley Stinson receives a pickoff throw from junior pitcher Isaac Belton as Gordonsville’s Joey Parliment slides back in safely.

The Macon County High School baseball team produced just four hits last Thursday evening, suffering a 3-1 loss to visiting Gordonsville.

"Part of it is pitch selection," Macon County head coach Jason Hudson said of the minimal offensive production. "We want to sit on the fastball. Most high-school kids aren't going throw their off-speed stuff for a strike (consistently)."

Gordonsville has reached the Class A State Tournament in each of the last three seasons.

"This game and the Portland game (a win three days earlier) this week was good for us," Hudson said. "We have big (district) series coming up.

"That kid (Gordonsville starting pitcher Brady Hunt) threw well. We have bigger games coming up so to speak against district teams, so this is good for us."

Hunt and Belton battled for much of the contest, until Joey Parliment came on in relief of Hunt after Macon County sophomore Isaac Meador drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh. Parliment retired the next three hitters via two pop-ups and a flyout to end the game and earn a save.

Belton went the distance on the mound, allowing just one earned run on five hits. He issued three base on balls and struck out four hitters.

"He's really pitched well all year," Hudson said. "All of our guys have. We can't complain at all about pitching.

"He pitched really well. He had three pitches working well, in and out. He was great."

Macon County sophomore Ty Lowhorn reached on a bad-hop single in the third inning, moved to third base when Cameron Mercer's

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line drive to rightfield was dropped and scored thanks to an errant relay throw.

However, Gordonsville scored two runs in the fifth inning without producing a hit. Three errors and a walk allowed Treyson Davis and Lawson Underwood to score.

Macon County finished with four errors.

"They put the bat on the ball and made us make plays," Hudson said. "We need to see that to keep us sharp for district (games)."

With a pair of runners in scoring position, Belton pitched out of the jam without further damage by inducing Kevin Boles to ground out to Mercer, the second baseman.

Lowhorn was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, stole second and attempted to score on senior Kade Allen's single up the middle. However, Underwood -- the centerfielder -- threw Lowhorn out at home plate to end the inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh, Parliment stole home on a pitch that was a called third strike. After the umpires conferred, they determined that the run would count, giving Gordonsville a two-run advantage.

However, Meador's leadoff walk resulted in the only baserunner for Macon County in the bottom of the frame.

It was only the second game this season that Macon County has not scored at least three runs.

"We get a little impatient at times," Hudson said. "It's that fine line. Early in the year, we maybe took too many pitches. Now, we may be over-aggressive at times. I'd rather be overly-aggressive. You can't hit if you don't swing.

"We have cut down on the strikeouts lately, which is something we wanted to do."

Macon County had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-3.