Midway dropped their second game of the season Monday night to defending Eastern-Regional champion, North Brunswick. The Scorpions beat the Raiders 12-6.
Midway Ryan Lee got the start and cruised through the first inning with 3 fly-ball put outs by the Raider defense, but Midway went 3 up, 3 down in their half of the inning as well.
North Brunswick’s bats came alive in the third as they plated 5 runs in the top half of the inning. Austin Hardison of Midway slapped a solo home-run over the left-field fence to cut the margin to 5-1 in the bottom of the inning.
North Brunswick then built a 9-1 lead after getting 4 runs in the fifth, before Midway cut the margin to 9-6 after six innings.
Midway had two outs on the Scorpions before Reggie Perkins hit a 2 run homerun into the parking lot, and a run was walked in. Midway had no answer in the bottom of the seventh, and the game was over.
Midway didn’t seem very sharp in their outing Monday night as a light rain fell from a gloomy sky. “We didn’t play our best ball tonight,” said Midway’s head coach Jason Fussell. “We looked a step slower than normal. I think tonight will be an eye-opener for our guys. I have to give them credit for fighting back and getting the margin to 9-6, but we have to be able to play that way the entire game. We couldn’t make key outs, and against a team that hits the ball as well as North Brunswick does, you have to be able to get outs when you are presented with the opportunity,” finished Fussell.
Midway was led by Austin Hardison who had the solo home-run and a 2 run double, for a 3 RBI performance. Tyler Pope and Cameron Godwin pitched relief for the Raiders, and coach Fussell felt that all of the pitchers pitched the ball well, they just caught a good team on a good hitting night.
Midway is set to be back in action Tuesday at Union High School for a conference match-up with the Spartans. Union dropped an 8-4 decision to Clinton Monday night, so both teams will be hungry to avenge their recent losses. There is rain in the forecast for Tuesday, and if the game is rained out, Wednesday has already been set aside for the make-up date.
Midway is now 10-2 on the season, with their only other loss being to 3A Triton.