The Berries had won 15 of 16 entering the game with the only loss coming against another state title contender, Huntington North and Kentucky recruit, Erin Rethlake, in a 3-1 contest in a game they had five hits.
“She’s about as good as Rethlake,” Kelley said of Moody, a junior.
Long (13-5) took the loss, as the sophomore right-hander allowed six runs (four earned) on 10 hits.
It was a scoreless game until the Raiders broke through in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Kalyn Revord. Kennedy Curl made a good throw from left and Bacon thought it could have been an out at the plate but the catcher moved up a couple feet to catch the throw.
An error allowed an extra base on a hit in the fifth that later led to two unearned runs. The Berries misplayed a hard hit fly ball in the sixth that fell for an RBI double that was followed by two more runs.
The Berries had little room for error and needed to play just about a perfect game and hope to push a run across at the plate.
“You get a run or two down and everybody tries to make the perfect play and that’s when they score more runs. Just a lot of pressure when you let a team like that get up a run or two,” Bacon said. “We had a throw at home that could have been an out if we were in the right position and the pickoff play at third, that’s an out if we catch the ball.
“You’ve got to play a perfect game to beat a team like that. They’re good.”
Long pitched well, though, and can try to emulate the improvement Moody made over the last year, although she does not throw with the same velocity.