It was a cold night at Midway High School on Thursday night when the Raiders welcomed the Pender Patriots into Spivey’s Corner to resume Four County Conference baseball action. The two teams were originally scheduled to play on Tuesday, but rainy weather and poor field conditions postponed the game until Thursday night’s frigid meeting.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, their bats were no hotter than the air temperatures as Midway only mustered one hit in a 12-0 thumping.
Pender begin the scoring in the first inning, marching out to a 3-0 lead quickly after their half of the opening inning. Midway’s Jake Clark reached on two outs after being hit by a pitch, but the Raiders couldn’t move him around.
The game remained locked at 3-0 until the fourth inning when the Patriots exploded for seven runs, bolstering the score to 10-0 as Pender had all but sealed the game with the possibility of the run-rule looming in the back of everyone’s minds.
Midway on a few occasions was able to get base runners aboard, but could never present much of a scoring threat.
The Patriots sealed the deal in the top of the fifth inning, scoring two runs to push the lead to 12-0. Midway was now forced to add multiple runs in hopes of extending the game. That didn’t happen, however, as the Raiders fell 12-0 to suffer their first conference loss.
Chandler Williford recorded Midway’s only hit while Raider pitcher Landon Dorman recorded the loss.
With the loss, Midway falls to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
The Raiders were back in action on Friday, continuing conference play as they take on Clinton.
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