LELAND — Midway defeated North Brunswick 4-3 in the third round of the NCHSAA state playoffs Tuesday evening to advance to the regional finals. Midway traveled to North Brunswick and topped the only 2A team that had defeated them this season. Taylor Calcutt was the starting pitcher for Midway, as he gave the Raiders 3 innings of work, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs.
Matt Barefoot pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief for Midway, and was the winning pitcher, allowing an unearned run on one hit, and striking out 3 batters. Dylan Hardison pitched the remaining 2/3 for Midway, earning the save. Hardison forced two groundouts in 8 pitches.
The Raiders struck first, as Cody Baker scored on a Kyle Hawley single up the middle. Tyler Pope then had an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Trey Wood, and Midway led 2-0 after two and a half innings.
North Brunswick would strike back in the bottom of the third, as a two-out single with the bases loaded notched the game at 2.
Midway would score their final two runs in the top of the fifth, as Taylor Calcutt had an RBI single scoring Troy Spell, and then scored from first on Kyle Hawley’s second RBI of the night, this one a double.
Matt Barefoot walked two batters in the bottom of the seventh and struck out one. A passed ball allowed North Brunswick to cut the lead to 4-3. Dylan Hardison, who had played centerfield for most of the night and had yet to warm his arm up was called to the mound to finish the game off for the Raiders.
A sacrifice bunt allowed the tying run for North Brunswick to be moved to third base, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. With two balls and two strikes, Hardison delivered the pitch. The Scorpion batter hit a chopper that Hardison leaped to snag out of the air. He flipped the ball over to Luke Clark at first base, and the game ended. Midway once again rushed the field in celebration of yet another close win, and their second consecutive over a fellow number one seeded team.
Midway returns to Spivey’s Corner Friday evening for a match-up with Randleman High School. Randleman topped Croatan, 7-1 Tuesday evening in their regional semifinal. The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the state semifinals.
“We feel fortunate again. We’ve just beat another really good ball club. When you have to play two number one seeds back to back, it’s tough, but we are glad we were able to get the win and we’ll go to work and try to get ready for Friday,” said Midway’s head coach Jason Fussell.