Midway Middle got a come-from-behind win against powerful Sampson Thursday, defeating the home team 13-6.
It was a strong third inning that gave the young Raiders the boost they needed to both go ahead of the Horses and eventually secure the win.
Midway was down 4-1 after 1 inning, and coach Steven Tyler said he feared his team wouldn’t be able to overcome the deficit.
“Sampson is a very good team. It’s hard to come back when they are ahead. We started out slow and they came ready to play. We were down and we seemed lackadaisical, but then we got a rally going and we were able to hold on for the win,” Tyler explained.
That rally came after a scoreless 2nd inning, when Midway’s Austin Peterson hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd.
“It snow-balled from there,” Tyler said.
The Raiders would score a whopping 10 runs in the 3rd to put them up 11-4.
Sampson got 2 more runs in the 4th, then Midway brought in 2 more in the 5th.
“I have to hand it to my kids, they never gave up. They fought hard, and I’m very proud of their effort,” Tyler said.
On the hill for Midway was Landon Dorman, who tossed 4 innings, striking out 4. Peterson got the win, pitching 1 inning and striking out 2.
Leading hitters for the Raiders were Peterson, 1-4, with 1 run; Greg Nobles, 2-4, 2 runs; Dorman, 2-4, with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored; Austin Raynor, 3-4, with 2 runs; Jake Clark, 2-3, with a double and a run; and Adam Butler, 1-3 with a run.
For Sampson, Z. Darden was 2-3 with 2 runs and a double; Logan Carr, 2-3 with 1 run and a single; Grey Sutter, a home run; L. Spell, 1-2 with a double; and J. Jones, 1-3 with a double.
The win moves Midway to 6-0 on the season. They will play Monday against Roseboro-Salemburg.
Sampson’s stats and record were not called in.