The Midway Raiders hosted Rosewood on Tuesday night in non-conference baseball action and unfortunately things didn’t quite go as they’d hoped. Midway struggled to muster up any hits and dropped their second straight game, both at the hands of the Rosewood Eagles.
After defeating Midway 9-2 last week, Rosewood wasted no time in picking up where they left off, going ahead 1-0 at the end of the top of the 1st. Rosewood started with a lead-off double, followed a Midway error, which would allow Rosewood’s batter to reach safely, and the runner on second to score.
Midway’s Austin Raynor stepped it up, though, and struck out the next 3 Eagle batters to end the top half the inning.
Both teams were then locked in a pitcher’s duel. No runs would be scored again until the top of the fifth inning when Rosewood picked up one more run to stretch their lead to 2-0.
Midway was held hit-less until the bottom of the sixth inning when Adam Butler finally broke the streak with a single. Griffin Williams came into pinch run and was advanced to second on an error that also allowed Raider batter Austin Raynor to reach first. Rosewood was able to pick up the second out of the inning when the Eagle pitcher recorded another of his 10 strikeouts. Rosewood was then able to get out of the jam by throwing Jake Clark out at first base.
Rosewood would add one more insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to add to the final tally of 3-0.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Midway would be retired in order by way of a series of fly outs.
Midway’s Austin Raynor pitched five innings for Midway, recording eight strikeouts with no walks and allowing two runs on five hits. Dylan Hardison pitched the final two innings, recording three strikeouts and allowing 1 run on 1 hit.
Offensively for Midway, Adam Butler recorded Midway’s only hit.
After the game, Midway head coach Jason Fussell commented, “From last week to this week we played a lot better. Our pitchers found the zone, defense played great, we just failed to make some adjustments at the plate. We are a young team.”
Midway will return to action this Friday when they host cross-county rival Lakewood in more non-conference action.
Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]