Midway took down Wallace Rose Hill twice on the diamond Friday evening, as the Raiders and Bulldogs had to finish an earlier game that was delayed in the second inning, then play another full game.
The first game ended with Midway grabbing a 6-0 win, with Dylan Hardison getting the win. Hardison pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 9. Offensively for Midway, Taylor Calcutt went 2-4, stole a base, and had an RBI; Kyle Hawley went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBIs; Cody Baker went 1-3 with 2 stolen bases; Tyler Pope went 1-4, and Troy Spell was 1-3.
In the second game of the evening, Midway got another solid pitching performance. Ryan Lee was the winning pitcher as he pitched 5 innings in the Raiders’ 5-0 win. Lee struck out 6 batters, walked 2, and gave up 3 hits. Tyler Pope earned the save for Midway as he pitched the final 2 innings, striking out 3 batters, and walking one without giving up any runs.
Hawley went 2-3 with 2 RBIs in game two, Pope was 1-3 with 2 RBIs, Troy Spell went 1-2, and Austin Hardison and Cody Baker each went 1-3.
Midway’s Jason Fussell mentioned that it was difficult on everybody to have to play a double header, but he liked how his team responded and the way that they were focused on the task at hand. “Our defense and pitching was really good tonight. It’s big for us to have guys like Dylan, Ryan, and Tyler pitching well for us, especially since Matt (Barefoot) got hurt,” said the Midway head coach.
Barefoot is a regular in the pitching rotation for Midway, but broke his hand in the Easter Tournament at Terry Sanford High School. Barefoot will be re-evaluated next week to determine his status for the upcoming state playoffs.
The Raiders were able to improve to 16-3 on the year with the two wins Friday evening. They are set to take on the Pender Patriots Monday night. The Patriots are playing their best ball of the season, as they have won three consecutive games.
(Adam Capps is the Sports Editor at the Sampson Independent. Follow the Sampson Independent on Twitter @SampsonInd, and follow Adam @ac4birdie for updates on local high-school sports)