The Midway softball team opened Four County Conference play on Tuesday evening, hosting the Lady Eagles from East Bladen.
Midway wasted no time in picking up where they left off in Friday’s big win, once again scoring early and often, eventually posting a 16-0 victory.
Midway got things started in the bottom of the first as Leah Williams was able beat out a throw after a slap bunt to the short stop. With two outs, Alyssa Wrench stepped up to the plate and hammered a triple into left field, scoring Williams. Hannah Lucas followed suit with a triple of her own to right center, scoring Wrench. The rally would continue, with Lucas and Hannah Jackson each also coming across the plate. Midway would lead 4-0 after one inning.
After an uneventful top of the inning, Midway got right back down to business in the bottom of the second. Kaley Hawley started the inning by reaching base after a dropped fly ball in center field. Hawley was then bunted over to second base after a sac bunt by Williams. The next Midway batter, Emily Hairr, drove a single to right field, scoring Hawley.
After a series of passed balls, Hairr was able to reach home plate for another run. The scoring continued as Wrench was aboard the bases after drawing a walk and Lucas drove a shot in center field. A wild throw-in advanced Wrench to third who scored on a wild pitch moments later. Midway would get one more run in the inning after Jackson drove a single into center field, scoring Lucas. Midway’s lead had grown to 8-0 through two innings.
The Lady Raiders made quick work of the East Bladen batters in the top of the third, going three up three down, and would add three more runs in the bottom of the inning. An Emily Hairr single would score Williams. Midway freshmen JJ Sankey then stepped up and delivered an in-the-park home-run, scoring two more. Midway’s lead was now 11-0 at the end of the third.
In the top of the fourth, Midway switched pitchers, bringing Laura Person in relief of Leah Williams. After giving up a walk to start the inning, the Lady Raiders went on to retire the next three batters to end the top half of the inning.
The Raider surge continued in the bottom of the fourth as Midway would add five more runs. The inning started when Hannah Lucas singled to center field, who then found herself on third base after a pair of stolen bases. Two batters later, Person drove Lucas in on an RBI single.
Blythe Best was safely aboard following a dropped ball in left field then both Person and Best advanced one base after a passed ball. Haley Brooke West was next at the plate, who sent a single to center field, scoring Person and Best. Midway’s final tally of 16 runs would come at the hands of Sankey, who singled to center field, scoring West and Williams.
In the top of the fifth, Midway once again changed pitchers, bringing in Lynzee Seats. Midway would retire the Lady Eagles in order, ending the game by way of the mercy rule.
Midway was led by JJ Sankey’s two hits and five RBIs as well as Hannah Lucas and Leah Williams, who each had three hits. Emily Hairr, Hannah Jackson, Alyssa Wrench, and Laura Person also each had two hits.
On defense, Leah Williams pitched three innings, recording five strikeouts allowing two hits. Laura Person pitched one inning, recording two strike outs and giving up one walk and one hit. Lynzee Seats pitched one inning, recording one strikeout.
Following the win, Midway head coach Leigh Ann Smith was pleased with her team’s performance. “We hit the ball well and made some good defensive plays,” she said. “We were able to get everybody in and work some pitchers that we hadn’t been able to work already.”
With the win, Midway improves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference. They play two more times this week, beginning Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Triton, and then again Friday night at 5 p.m.
Reach Daron Barefoot at firstname.lastname@example.org