Midway teams sweep Lakewood

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer
Midway’s Chandler Williford tosses in a pitch, during the county rivalry battle against the Leopards. -
Lakewood’s Dawson Batts fires in a pitch of his own against Raiders Monday night. -
Lady Raiders freshman pitcher Miranda Holmes delivers a pitch in their win over Lakewood. -
Lady Leopards Madelyn Ammons fires off a pitch for Lakewood, she struggled to keep Midway off the bases as the Raiders rolled, 18-0. - -

Midway and Lakewood kicked off the spring sports season Monday night on the baseball, softball and soccer fields. For the Raiders, they’re off to a great start while the Leopards look to rebound after Midway took convincing wins in all three events.

Baseball

The Leopards’ bats just simply failed to come alive as they were held hit-less in the run-rule shortened contest, Midway having plenty of success at the plate.

The Raiders dealt most of their damage from the get-go as Cal Tyndall, Carson Calcutt, Chandler Williford, Cameron Calcutt and Austin Peterson all crossed the home plate to give Midway a 5-0 lead through one inning.

Midway bolstered that lead to 8-0 in the second inning after a pair of Lakewood errors assisted in plating three more runs. Cameron Barefoot scored one run while Tyndall and Carson Calcutt each recorded their second runs scored.

The Raiders went on to score five more runs in the third inning and one in the fourth to take home a 14-0 victory.

Carson Calcutt and Colby Pope led Midway at the plate with two hits apiece. Cameron Calcutt, Tyndall and Williford each had one hit each.

Midway, now 1-0 overall, will travel to Triton on Friday night for their next matchup while Lakewood will host Clinton on Thursday.

Softball

The Raiders softball team also exhibited dominance as they cruised to to an 18-0 victory over the Lady Leopards.

Midway hopped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning as Leah Williams crossed home plate on a wild throw and Hannah Lucas singled and advanced on a series of errant pitches.

The Lady Raiders inflicted most of their damage in the second and fourth innings, plating six and eight runs respectively.

The few base runners the Leopards were able to get aboard were thwarted by a solid Midway defense that made smart decisions in holding Lakewood at bay.

Leading Midway at the plate was Lucas with two hits and an RBI. Caitlyn Holland, Carlee Martin, Blythe Best, Alyssa Wrench and Abby Baggett all had one hit apiece.

Freshman pitcher Miranda Holmes recorded the win in her high school debut, going four innings and recording five strikeouts and allowing just two hits.

Those two hits for Lakewood were earned by Lauren Jackson, who had a triple, and Krislyn Bullard.

Midway, now 1-0, will travel to C.B. Aycock on Thursday while Lakewood will host Clinton on Thursday.

Soccer

Midway’s soccer team completed the three-game shut out sweep on the night as they posted a 6-0 victory over the visiting Leopards.

Kasey McLamb scored the first three Midway goals and four of their six on the night. Makayla Peterson and Camryn Page picked up the other two scores for the Lady Raiders.

With the the win, Midway begins the season at 1-0 and will host Cape Fear on Thursday in a non-conference showdown.

For Lakewood, they are 0-1 and will also be back in action on Thursday as they are set to host the always powerful Clinton Dark Horses.

Midway’s Chandler Williford tosses in a pitch, during the county rivalry battle against the Leopards.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_mbball.jpgMidway’s Chandler Williford tosses in a pitch, during the county rivalry battle against the Leopards.

Lakewood’s Dawson Batts fires in a pitch of his own against Raiders Monday night.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_lball.jpgLakewood’s Dawson Batts fires in a pitch of his own against Raiders Monday night.

Lady Raiders freshman pitcher Miranda Holmes delivers a pitch in their win over Lakewood.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_MHSsball.jpgLady Raiders freshman pitcher Miranda Holmes delivers a pitch in their win over Lakewood.

Lady Leopards Madelyn Ammons fires off a pitch for Lakewood, she struggled to keep Midway off the bases as the Raiders rolled, 18-0.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_LHSsball.jpgLady Leopards Madelyn Ammons fires off a pitch for Lakewood, she struggled to keep Midway off the bases as the Raiders rolled, 18-0.
Raiders kick off spring with dominant shutouts in three sports

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer

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