Baseball action set for this week

Local high schools participating in Easter tournaments

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Editor

This week is spring break for Clinton City and Sampson County Schools but that isn’t putting a halt to high school athletics as Midway baseball and softball, Clinton baseball, and Union Baseball are all participating in Easter tournaments scheduled this week. The Spartans baseball team also has a regular season game on Thursday against Neuse Charter.

Midway softball

The Lady Raiders softball team participated in the 18th Annual Lady Vikings Easter Softball Tournament at the Sara Law Softball Complex in Greenville over the weekend, taking on Laney High School out of Wilmington, Ayden-Grifton High School, and Amelia County High School out of Virginia.

The Lady Raiders suffered a close loss to Amelia County on Friday night, 9-6. Lady Raiders head coach Leigh Ann Smith said it was a tense game that went back and forth, but ultimately it was Amelia County that took the victory.

On Saturday, Midway took to the field for their final two games against Ayden-Grifton and Laney. In the first game, Midway picked up a 6-1 victory over the Lady Chargers before falling in their final game against Laney, 13-0.

The Lady Raiders now have the rest of the week off before returning to action next Tuesday with a conference game at Wallace-Rose Hill.

Midway’s JV Softball team also participated in the tournament, going 1-2 with a victory over Currituck County but suffering losses to Topsail and East Carteret.


Midway’s baseball team kicked off action in the 2017 Bulldog Baseball Easter Invitational at Terry Sanford High School, taking on a tough opponent in 3A Union Pines. The Vikings got the better of the Raiders, overwhelming them 16-2 on Saturday. Union Pines inflicted a majority if its damage in the bottom of the first inning alone. Midway took a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning but Union Pines reeled off 10 runs in the bottom of the inning to seize control and effectively put the Raiders away.

Midway was to be back in action Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. taking on Jack Britt.

Clinton baseball

The Dark Horses will be hosting its annual Jimmy Raynor Baseball Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. Over the past week there have been some changes in the scheduling but currently the schedule shows game one of the tournament being Tuesday at 4 p.m. with East Duplin taking on James Kenan followed by East Duplin taking on Clinton in game two at 7 p.m. The third and final game will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. when Clinton and James Kenan go head-to-head.

Union Baseball

It’s a busy week for the Spartans as they have a game on Thursday against Neuse Charter before participating in the 2017 Deacon Jones Invitational this weekend at Princeton High School. Union will take on Spring Creek on Friday at 4 p.m. to kick off the tournament. Currently sitting at 4-10 overall, the Spartans look to put together some momentum this weekend as the end of the baseball season quickly approaches.

Local high schools participating in Easter tournaments

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Editor

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