Midway’s Lady Raider softball team visited Clinton on Thursday night and came away with a 17-11 win in a high scoring conference game. The Lady Raiders wasted no time getting started, posting 10 runs in the top of the first sending, 15 batters to the plate in the first frame. It looked as if Clinton would fold early, trailing 14-1 after four innings before their bats sprang to life in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Lady Horses posted 7 runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 14-8 but Midway would answer with 3 runs in the top of sixth to stretch the lead to 17-8. The Dark Horses refused to give-up scoring 3 more runs in their half of the sixth to bring the score to 17-11. Both teams failed to score in the seventh to leave the 17-11 score as the final tally.
Clinton was led offensively by Susan Jones who had four hits with two going for extra bases. Callie Sumner added three singles, Jessica Bell hit a single with two RBI’s, DeAsia Edwards belted a triple and singe, Sydney Simmons hit a double, Kris Glasper and Skyler Thomas each added a single. Defensively the Lady Horses showed improvement turning three double plays and playing overall sound defense.
Clinton’s coach Ashley Slater was proud of her team, saying, “our players gave great effort in not giving up after getting down early. I was really pleased with the way we hit the ball late in the game.”
Midway was led offensively by Bryant who reached base 4 times and scored 4 runs and Kayla Hobson with two hits and two runs scored. Midway’s coach Smith commented after the game saying “we really needed to play all seven innings tonight, since we have not been able to practice all week. We lost a starter this week and had some people shifted around and I was really happy that we got work for both our pitchers, Brittney Watson and Amber Poole.”