Clinton steals win from Midway

By Michael Hardison - Sports Editor
Clinton’s Payson King begins to inch away from first base as he prepares to sprint toward second. -
Raiders pitcher Chandler Williford winds up during Tuesday night’s game against Clinton. -
Midway’s Laura Person gets ready to put some heat on a pitch. She was key in a huge 12-0 road win over the Horses. -
The Dark Horses’ Hailee Stone tries to put the ball to the bat in their game against the Lady Raiders. - -

The Dark Horses tangled in an old-time rivalry match against Midway on Tuesday night in both baseball and softball. Playing host to the Raiders, Clinton’s baseball team stole a win with an amazing seventh inning en route to the 3-2 victory, while Raiders softball rocked the Horses, 12-0.

Baseball

In the most intense battle the Dark Horses have played all year, they snatched victory away from their county rivals in the final moments of the game.

Not much happened for a large portion of the game as each team went back and fourth being unable to cross home plate. With solid defense from both sides the game remained without a run for the first four innings, things changing in the top of the fifth.

The night continued at the same pace into the fifth until the game was halted multiple times by timeouts, referee deliberations and questionable calls. All which eventually lead to the Raiders breaking across the plate for first time of the night and taking the lead 1-0. The sixth remained quite as the game entered the final inning.

With Midway up to bat in the top of the seventh they managed to get another run building their lead to 2-0. Trailing as the rain began to pour and lighting striking overhead the Horses kept fighting at the bottom of the seventh. With all the chips stacked against them they were able to rally in the final moments at bat getting three runs to claim a one point win.

Zeth Pearson and Zack Parker were big for Clinton, Pearson getting a hit and Parker with two RBI.

The Raiders had their share of hits, leading the way was Austin Peterson with two. Colby Pope, Carson Calcutt, Cameron Barefoot and Cal Tyndall each had one. Calcutt also had an RBI for the Raiders.

With a win, Clinton goes to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in conference. They host Goldsboro in more conference action Friday. As for Midway, they drop their first game on the year and are 5-1 overall, 2-1 in conference play. They are set to host East Duplin Thursday if weather permits.

Softball

Taking away a win at the last minute wasn’t allowed by the Lady Raiders softball team as they made quick work of Clinton on their home turf.

“This was a good win. We got some good bunts today, which we have not been doing, which was also good,” said Midway head coach Leigh Ann Smith. “We knew we had a tough opponent. That’s always good and we did what we knew we had to do to get this win.”

They did a lot of things right in this game, jumping out on the home team in the opening inning with four runs. Trailing 4-0, the Horses got further behind as Midway added on another six runs at the top of the second inning. Cruising in the lead at 10-0, the visiting Raiders found two more scores at the top of the third and fourth to seal the deal by 12 runs.

“We’ve got to get hits, run some bases and overall be more aggressive on offense,” said Clinton coach Todd Slater. “Our defense is playing well and is where we want it. Now we just have to be able to hit the ball.”

Another loss for the Lady Horses brings them to 1-6 on the season and 1-1 in conference. Their next game against South Brunswick, on Wednesday, was postponed for weather and is pending. Midway now reaches .500 at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. They face Spring Creek Thursday on the road, weather permitting.

Clinton’s Payson King begins to inch away from first base as he prepares to sprint toward second.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_cvmbball1.jpgClinton’s Payson King begins to inch away from first base as he prepares to sprint toward second.

Raiders pitcher Chandler Williford winds up during Tuesday night’s game against Clinton.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_cvmbball.jpgRaiders pitcher Chandler Williford winds up during Tuesday night’s game against Clinton.

Midway’s Laura Person gets ready to put some heat on a pitch. She was key in a huge 12-0 road win over the Horses.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_cvmsball1.jpgMidway’s Laura Person gets ready to put some heat on a pitch. She was key in a huge 12-0 road win over the Horses.

The Dark Horses’ Hailee Stone tries to put the ball to the bat in their game against the Lady Raiders.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_cvmsball.jpgThe Dark Horses’ Hailee Stone tries to put the ball to the bat in their game against the Lady Raiders.
Horses baseball ekes out win; Raiders rock Clinton in softball

By Michael Hardison

Sports Editor

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