Lady Raiders hang on

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer

Midway’s Hannah Lucas, #11, flips the ball to Emily Hair, #2, for a force-out at second base.

The Lady Raiders softball team hosted Rosewood on Tuesday evening in some non-conference action and was able to escape with a 3-2 victory.

The game would stay scoreless up until the bottom of the fourth inning when Midway sophomore Hannah Lucas hit an in-the-park home-run. With one out, Lucas sent a blast into left field that was misplayed, allowing the ball to roll all the way to the fence. Lucas’ speed carried her safely around the bases for the Midway 1-0 lead.

The next Lady Raider up to the plate, Blythe Best, reached first base on an error putting Midway right back in business with a runner on and one out. Best took second base on a steal and would then be driven home by an Alyssa Wrench RBI, increasing Midway’s lead to 2-0.

Rosewood would put an end to the Midway spurt by throwing Abby Baggett out at first base to end the inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, Rosewood had an opportunity after placing runners on first and second base, but the Lady Raiders defense held, carrying their 2-0 lead to the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Midway would add an insurance run. Leah Williams led the inning off for Midway, but was thrown out at first base for the first out of the inning. The second batter up for Midway was Emily Hairr, who would reach on an error. A base-hit by Brittany Watson moved Hairr over to third, who was then able to reach home plate following a passed ball. Midway’s lead was now 3-0 and.

Rosewood was able to escape the inning with no additional damage done. In the top of the sixth inning, Midway was able to put away the first two Rosewood batters. The third Lady Eagle to the plate, however, was able to reach on a base hit, who then moved to second base following a passed ball. Rosewood was suddenly in a scoring opportunity. But, just as quickly as it came about, it quickly ended as Midway shortstop Hannah Lucas made a nice catch to end the threat.

The top of the seventh inning is when things became a little tight for the Lady Raiders. Just as the top of the sixth inning started, Midway was able to take care of the first two Rosewood batters. With two outs, the top of Rosewood’s batting order stepped to the plate and rocketed a triple out to center field. The next Rosewood batter would hit an infield ground ball and was able to beat the throw to first base, scoring the runner on third and cutting Midway’s lead to 3-1.

Midway pitcher Brittany Watson then walked the next batter, putting runners on first and second with two outs. The bases became loaded following a Midway error with the next batter. With two outs, the bases loaded, and Midway clinging to its 3-1 lead, Watson was able to force the Rosewood batter into a pop-up that was caught by Alyssa Wrench to end the game and seal the victory.

After the game, Midway head coach Leigh Ann Smith was proud of the win, but admitted that her team still had work to do.

“We started out sluggish tonight. We were hitting the ball well in the cage, then came out tonight and couldn’t hit the ball very well” Smith said. “We’ve got work on base running the bases tighter and hitting the inside corners and not make such big turns on the base pads” she added. Coach Smith concluded by saying “But right now I like what I see. I let Britt finish the night out. She hasn’t pitched a full game and she’s my senior so I wanted her to get a full amount tonight if she could, if she could stick it out, which she did, even with the scare at the end.”

Watson went the distance for Midway, finishing with 4 strikeouts, 4 hits, and one walk. She also led Midway offensively with 2 hits. Leah Williams, Hannah Lucas, JJ Sankey, Alyssa Wrench, and Abby Baggett also each had one hit.

The Lady Raiders improve to 2-1 on the season and will return to action Friday night as they host Lakewood at 6 p.m.

Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer

Midway’s Hannah Lucas, #11, flips the ball to Emily Hair, #2, for a force-out at second base.’s Hannah Lucas, #11, flips the ball to Emily Hair, #2, for a force-out at second base.

Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]


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