The Midway Raiders wrapped up play Monday and Tuesday in the Bulldog Invitational Baseball Tournament at Terry Sanford High School. After suffering a first round loss on Saturday to Union Pines, the Raiders resumed action on Monday morning, taking on the Jack Britt Buccaneers, where they fell 6-0 to take their second loss of the tournament.
Jack Britt broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning, scoring four runs to take a 4-0 advantage. The Buccaneers then went on to post a run in each the sixth and seventh innings to reach the 6-0 tally as Midway just couldn’t muster up much offense.
Offensively, the Raiders were held to just three hits on the game. Credited for those hits were senior Wesley Johnson and juniors Colby Pope and Austin Peterson.
Defensively, sophomore Carson Calcutt took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits and five walks in five and a third innings. Calcutt did mange five strikeouts, as well.
Austin Raynor also spent some time on the mound, giving up one run on three hits and one walk.
With the loss, Midway was scheduled to be back on the field on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., concluding the tournament with a matchup against Village Christian.
The Raiders enjoyed much more success in that game as they mercy-ruled the Knights in a 15-2 victory.
Midway got things started in a hurry, quickly scoring four runs in the top of the first inning to establish an early 4-0 advantage, followed by three more runs in the second to claim a 7-0 lead and seize control of the game.
That score held all the way through the sixth inning in which a Midway hit barrage resulted in two pitching changes and eight runs scored, putting the Raiders in firm control with a 15-0 lead.
Village Christian tacked one a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the damage had been done, as Midway no doubt worked off some frustration that had festered from the struggles from that past two games.
Midway’s 1-2 performance at the tournament brings their overall season record to 13-5 and 9-1 in conference play. They are finished for the remainder of the week and will resume conference play next Tuesday as they travel to take on Wallace-Rose Hill.
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