By Mike Carter Sports Writer
May 2, 2014
Midway had to make two trips to Clinton to get in their game against the Dark Horses but they made the best of their time defeating the home team 7-1 in a game that started on Tuesday evening, was postponed by lightning, and was completed on Thursday night.
Clinton struck early, scoring what would prove to be their only run in the bottom of the first when Kris Royal got aboard with a line drive single to right, stole second and advanced to third on Wyman Faison’s infield hit. Jonathan Wright hit into a double play but Royal was able to sprint home putting the Dark Horses on the board with a 1-0 lead. With two out in the top of the second and a Raider on first base the umpires halted the game as lightning began to flash across the sky. With ominous clouds surrounding the field the decision was made to postpone the game until Thursday afternoon at 4:30.
The Raiders wasted no time getting on the board when play resumed. With one out in the top of the third Cody Baker slammed a triple into left center and after Taylor Calcutt drew a walk, Baker scored on a double steal as the Dark Horses throw to second sailed high, allowing Baker to trot home to knot the score at one. Clinton was able to get out of the inning with no further damage but the top of the fourth would prove to be the undoing of the home team. The top of the fourth saw Midway put two aboard with one out, a single into left was misplayed and a poor throw allowed two runs to score. The Raider barrage continued with Cody Baker driving in two more runs with a double down the left field line. Baker’s stay at second was a short one as he was chased home by a hit to right field by catcher, Kyle Hawley to tally the fifth run of the inning and give the Raiders a commanding 6-1 lead.
Clinton loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with two outs, but Calcutt was able to induce an infield fly ball to end the Dark Horse threat and any hopes of getting back into the contest. Midway added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to give them their final margin of victory at 7-1 and keep their conference record unblemished. Midway’s Coach Fussell sited good pitching by Calcutt, solid defense and timely hitting as the keys to his team’s victory, “Our bats had been quite for several games but we came to life tonight getting some big hits at the right times.”
Clinton’s head coach Tracy Thornton commended Midway on their good play saying,” those boys have been hitting the ball all their lives and they did it again tonight.” Thornton added, “we have to put this one behind us quickly and get ready for a big game tomorrow against Union.”