The Midway baseball team rounded out the night by also picking up a mercy-rule shortened victory, 16-6, over the visiting Cougars. The Raiders staved off an early battle from Goldsboro to pick up the win and improve their record.
Goldsboro took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first but was unable to sustain it in the bottom as Midway reeled off five runs.
The first four Raider batters either drew a walk or were hit by a pitch to load the bases and score the first run. Austin Peterson, Cameron Calcutt and Henry Happel all notched RBIs to make it 5-1.
Goldsboro responded by picking up three runs in the second to make it 5-4. Midway would add one run in the bottom of the second to make it 6-4 before the Cougars tied it back up at 6-6 in the top of the third.
It was all Midway from there as they scored 10 unanswered runs to take care of business.
Entering the sixth inning, the game was still within a manageable five runs for Goldsboro. Midway’s lead was only 11-5 as the Raiders has picked up scattered runs throughout the previous two innings. Unfortunately for Goldsboro, a disastrous sixth inning yielded the final five runs Midway needed for the 16-6 win.
On the night, the Raiders only recorded four hits, two of which were credited to Drew Matthews with Peterson and Colby Pope getting the other two.
This win puts Midway back into the win column after going 1-2 over Spring Break at the Bulldog Invitational at Terry Sanford.
With the win, Midway improves to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the East Central Conference. They will be back in action on Wednesday when they step out of Conference play once again for a date with Rosewood before resuming confererence action on Thursday with a trip to East Duplin.
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