Midway streaking in conference

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Editor
Midway’s Adam Butler sends a hit down the third base line in the Raiders’ 11-1 win over Trask. -
Midway pitcher Dustin Holland delivers a strike in the Raiders’ 11-1 win over Trask. -

After blasting Wallace-Rose Hill by the 15-0 score earlier in the week, the Midway Raiders baseball team returned to Spivey’s Corner on Friday night for their first home game since April 5, hosting the Trask Titans. The Raiders used a slow but steady assault to earn an 11-1 six-inning mercy-rule victory.

Austin Raynor started the scoring for Midway in the first inning as the senior leadoff got aboard and was brought home by fellow senior Wesley Johnson to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead after one inning. Midway stretched their lead to 3-0 in the second inning, tacking on two more runs as Greg Nobles and Brayden Coats were scored on hits by Dustin Holland and Matthew Nunnery.

After a scoreless third inning, Trask got their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth inning when Nathan Harrell hit a solo homerun to trim the deficit to 3-1.

However, the rest of the game was all Midway. After being held scoreless again in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Raiders piled on eight runs over the next two innings.

They scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to open a commanding 7-1 lead, then finished things off in the bottom of the sixth with four more runs to make it 11-1, prompting the umpire to call “ballgame.”

It was a strong night at the plate for Midway as the Raiders combined for 10 hits on the game. Carson Calcutt, Adam Butler, Johnson, and Nunnery each had two hits, with Butler and Calcutt each having three RBIs. Nunnery and Johnson each had one RBI.

Rounding out the hitting for Midway was Holland who had one hit and an RBI and Raynor who added one hit.

Holland went the distance on the mound for Midway. He pitched six innings and gave up only one run on four hits. He also had four strike outs and no walks.

With the win, as well as Wednesday night’s shellacking of Wallace-Rose Hill, Midway now stands at 15-5 overall and 10-1 in the Four County Conference.

The Raiders continue to hold on to first place in the conference, but East Bladen is looming in second place with a 10-2 record.

The Raiders have just two games remaining in the regular season, both of which are likely to prove tough. First, they travel to West Bladen on Tuesday. In the first meeting between the two, West Bladen led for much of the game before Midway capitalized on a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to steal victory from the jaws of defeat, winning 5-4.

Midway’s final regular season game will be on Thursday as the Raiders celebrate Senior Night against the surging Union Spartans, who have won five of their last six and are undoubtedly feasting on momentum.

Midway’s Adam Butler sends a hit down the third base line in the Raiders’ 11-1 win over Trask.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Butler-1.jpgMidway’s Adam Butler sends a hit down the third base line in the Raiders’ 11-1 win over Trask.

Midway pitcher Dustin Holland delivers a strike in the Raiders’ 11-1 win over Trask.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Holland-1.jpgMidway pitcher Dustin Holland delivers a strike in the Raiders’ 11-1 win over Trask.
Raiders cling to Four County lead as season winds down

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Editor

Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]

Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]