Union traveled to Midway Friday evening for a double header on the baseball diamond. On Midway’s Senior Night, the Raiders played well and won both games. The final of the first was 14-3, and the second was 12-1. Both games were shortened to 5 innings.
In the first game, Midway jumped on Union early. The Raiders plated 5 runs in the second inning and never looked back. Ryan Lee was the winning pitcher for Midway, as he pitched 4 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, of which 2 were un-earned, and had a strikeout. Troy Spell closed the game for Midway on the mound. Spell fanned 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the final inning. Ryan Hall was charged as the losing pitcher for Union, while Justin Korneagy also pitched for the Spartans.
Offensively for Midway in game one of the double header, Luke Clark was 3-4 with a solo homer and 2 RBIs; Drake Strickland was 2-4 with 2 RBIs; Austin Hardison was 2-2 with 2 RBIs; Kent Thornton was 2-3 with 4 RBIs, and Troy Spell was 1-3 with a 2 run triple. Union stats were not available at press time.
The second game featured Dylan Hardison on the mound for Midway. Hardison struck out 9 Spartan batters in just 4 innings of work, allowing no hits and no runs, and walked only one batter. Tyler Pope finished the game for Midway, pitching the final frame, and allowing a run on 2 hits while striking out 2.
Luke Clark went 2-2 in the second game with a double and 2 RBIs; Cody Baker went 1-2 with a ground-ruled double and an RBI; Drake Strickland went 1-2 with an RBI; Austin Hardison went 1-2 with an RBI, Kent Thornton added a hit and Troy Spell went 2-2 with a double and a triple, including 5 RBIs.
“It was a good night for us,” said Midway’s head coach Jason Fussell. “The seniors have meant a lot to this program and they will be missed. We’ve got to get back to work now and focus on the playoffs,” finished Fussell.
Union’s head Coach Josh Rackley expressed how mental and fielding errors hurt his team badly tonight. He also stressed how important it is for his team to be able to hit the ball with runners in scoring position.
Union is set to host Pender on Saturday to decide who makes the playoffs. Midway is set to host Dixon Tuesday night at 7 p.m.