Hardison, Lee shut down East Bladen offense

By Adam Capps

March 20, 2014

Midway hosted East Bladen Thursday evening on the baseball field, and won the game 10-0. It was a great performance all the way around for the Raiders.

Midway’s starting pitcher, Dylan Hardison, pitched 4 innings, striking out 8 of the 12 batters he faced, and Ryan Lee relieved him, pitching the remainder of the game, striking out 4. Neither pitcher allowed a walk or a hit, earning a combined perfect game.

Just when it looked like East Bladen may finally have a base-runner, Taylor Calcutt made a great stop and throw in between second base and short-stop. The Raider defense was there to back up the great pitching.

Midway’s bats were rolling as well. Dylan Hardison helped his own cause, going 3-3 with 2 singles, and a home-run. Hardison also had 2 RBIs. Taylor Calcutt and Matthew Barefoot each went 1-3, and Kyle Hawley slapped a 2-run home-run over the left-field fence.

“It was the best we’ve swung the bats all year,” said Midway’s head coach Jason Fussell. “We played well defensively, and the two pitchers throwing a combined perfect game sure didn’t hurt anything. We’re starting to get a little rust off. When you can’t play games, it’s hard to get in a rhythm, so this game action and playing in games will definitely help us. We can field balls in practice and take batting practice, but nothing makes you better like getting out there in game action,” finished Fussell.

Midway is now 3-1 on the year, and 2-0 in conference play.