GREENSBORO — Midway and Bunker Hill are set to play a third and final game of the NCHSAA 2A State Championship at UNCG’s Baseball Stadium to decide the champion. The game is set for Saturday at 8 p.m., and the story can be found at clintonnc.com following the completion of the game.
Bunker Hill forced a game three by defeating the Raiders 4-3 in game two, with Taylor Calcutt on the mound for Midway. It was a solid outing for Calcutt, but he and his team couldn’t seem to get over the hump after falling behind 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Calcutt pitched a complete game for the Raiders, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
Midway scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning when Cody Baker reached home plate after a wild pitch. The Raiders added their other two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Luke Clark scored Trey Wood and Matt Barefoot. Midway stranded the tying run on first base in the bottom of the seventh, as they fell a run short of the come-back.
“Their pitcher pitched a great game,” said Midway’s head coach Jason Fussell after his team’s first loss of the postseason. Bunker Hill’s pitcher did in fact pitch a great game, going the distance, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 5.
Midway’s hard-throwing left-hander Matt Barefoot is set to be on the mound for game three of the series.
Midway used a six-run top of the fifth inning in game one of the NCHSAA 2A State Championship Friday evening to edge ahead one game to none in the best-of-three series with Bunker Hill. Dylan Hardison was huge on the mound for Midway once again, as he pitched a complete game, striking out 8 batters while walking 2 and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. All three Bunker Hill runs were scored in the bottom of the first inning to give them an early 3-1 lead.
Midway came back in the top of the second inning with two runs of their own to notch the game back up at 3-3. Each squad’s pitcher and defense seemed to settle in and play sound baseball for the next two innings before the Raider bats came alive in the fifth.
Troy Spell led the inning off with a four pitch walk before Cody Baker singled and Taylor Calcutt walked. The bases were loaded with nobody out, and the Raiders were poised to do some damage.
Kyle Hawly, the ensuing Midway batter drove a line-drive single up the middle, scoring Spell and Baker to make it a 5-3 game. Matt Barefoot then slapped a double off the wall in leftfield, scoring Cody Baker. Two batters later, Tyler Pope singled to right-centerfield, scoring Trey Wood, who was running for Hawley, and Barefoot. The Raiders would add one more on an Austin Hardison single into right-center, and were in control 9-3 after four and a half innings of play.
Bunker Hill would land sporadic base-runners throughout the remainder of the game, but never threaten to score again. Midway would add another run in the sixth when Taylor Calcutt hit a sac-fly to leftfield, scoring Troy Spell.
It was another late start for the Raider bats, and coach Jason Fussell said that he thought his team was a little too hyped up for the game early on. “We settled down and just started to play baseball,” said Fussell. “Dylan pitched a great game for us, and we’ll have to come back tomorrow and be ready to play,” finished the Raider head coach.
Offensive leaders for Midway in game one include Austin Hardison, who was 3-4 with 3 singles, a run scored and 2 RBIs; Troy Spell, who went 2-2 with 2 runs, an RBI and a walk; Kyle Hawley, who went 2-3 with 2 singles, was hit by a pitch, scored a run, and had 2 RBIs, and Taylor Calcutt, who was 1-2 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a walk.