Midway faced Hobbton in the Raiders’ final home game of the season and came away with an 11-2 victory to finish off the year with a perfect conference record of 13-0.
While the game was tied midway through the third inning, the Raider bats were able to come through to put some runs on the board and get the victory.
“We did good,” said Midway head coach Jason Fussell. “We did what we had to do to win and move on to the playoffs.”
The Raiders got on the board quickly, plating 2 in the first inning. Brett Godwin led off the bottom of the inning with a double and was brought home on a Taylor Calcutt RBI single. A Nick Baggett base hit would make the score 2-0 and notch the first of his five RBIs on the night.
Hobbton would come back to tie it up in the third with a base hit and a double.
Midway, though, would put the Wildcats away in the third by taking advantage of Hobbton mistakes.
After Godwin led off the inning by reaching on an error, he scored on a Calcutt triple to give the Raiders back their lead. Riley Baggett would then be walked, and Nick Baggett drove them both home for a 2-RBI double.
Midway would tack on 4 more runs in the fourth and 2min the fifth to take control.
Starter Matt Phillips threw 84 pitches, striking out 10 and allowing four hits.
Next week the Raiders will play in the first round of the playoffs against East Columbus, the same team that knocked Midway out in the fourth round last year.
“We’re finally there now,” said Fussell. “We’re going to be practicing hard, with some intensity, this week. Our kids are really looking forward to the chance to be there.”