Ryan Lee pitched 7 shutout innings as the Midway Raiders remained perfect in conference play with a 3-0 win over the visiting Trask Titans. It was a pitcher’s dual, and it wasn’t until the bottom of the 4th inning that the Raiders would plate their first run.
Drake Strickland walked to lead the 4th off, in which he was moved into scoring position by a Troy Spell bunt-single. The two then each stole a base to get to second and third, and a Cody Baker ground-out scored Strickland. Matthew Barefoot then single to center-field to scored Spell.
Barefoot would add another RBI in the 6th inning with a sacrifice ground-out. Barefoot ended the game 3-4 with 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Ryan Lee struck out 6 and gave up 3 hits in an outing that won’t hurt his ERA.
Coach Jason Fussell of Midway stressed that his team did what that had to do to win, and he was proud of that. He stated that it was tough for his teams to adjust to Trask’s slower pitching, and said that adjusting to pitchers takes time and practice.
One of the unsung stars of the game was Troy Spell. Spell made the start at short-stop as normal short-stop Taylor Calcutt was out due to illness. The senior played great at short, including being part of a huge 4-6-3 double play to get Lee out of a jam in the 3rd inning.
The Raiders are set to take on Triton Wednesday. The Hawks are the only blemish on the Raider schedule so far, as they took the first meeting in Erwin, 6-1.