Midway’s softball team was looking to continue its hot start on Thursday as they traveled to Triton for a non-conference match-up. Despite of valiant effort from the Lady Raiders, Triton was able to hang on for the 6-5 victory, ending Midway’s win streak.
Triton struck first as Anna Tyndall belted a triple and was scored on a sacrifice by Gracey Spivey. Triton added another run following and out of the park homerun by Lindsey Champion.
Midway responded in the top of the second. Hannah Lucas led the inning off with a single up the left side, then took third on a Laura Person single down the right field line. Hailey Brooke West then stepped up to the plate, and reached on an awkward grounder that was not cleanly fielded. This scored Lucas. Person would advance to third following an infield single by Kayley Hawley, who then raced safely home following a pickoff attempt at first base.
Headed to the bottom of the second, the game was tied 2-2.
Triton was able to notch a run to reclaim a one run lead in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Hawks got things started when Kathryn Elliot knocked a double down the third base line and was advanced to third on a ground-out by Ashley Daniel. With two outs, Anna Tyndall drove a base-hit to center, scoring Elliot, but Tyndall was picked off at second on an attempt at extra bases. Triton Led 3-2 through two innings.
After an uneventful third inning, Midway once again tied things up. Hannah Lucas led the inning off with a walk and advanced to second two batters later on a wild pitch. Blythe Best then hit into a ground-out, but was able to advance Lucas to third on the play. Lucas then raced home for the tying run on a wild pitch, notching things up 3-3 headed to the bottom of the third.
Triton would once again reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Emilee West led the inning off for Triton, reaching second base on a dropped ball in center field. West was moved over to third on a ground out by the next batter, Gracey Spivey. Champion, who had hit a home-run earlier in the game, sent another blast to deep left field, but the ball was caught by JJ Sankey. West scored on the play, to go back up 4-3.
The Lady Raiders again responded. Alyssa Wrench started the inning off, hitting a slow chopper to the short stop. The throw was not in time, and Wrench was safely aboard with no outs. With Lucas at the plate, Wrench stole second, setting herself up in scoring position as the tying run. Lucas then sent a double into center field, but Wrench held up at third. With no outs, Laura Person ripped a line drive that was destined for the outfield, but the Triton second baseman made a nice grab and was able to turn two at third as Wrench was caught too far off from the bag. Now facing two outs, Blythe Best hit a chopper up the middle, bringing Lucas safely home on a close play at the plate. Best took second in the exchange. Haley Brooke West then sent a single into left field, bringing Best toward home plate, who was also safe on another close call. Triton finally ended the threat with a strikeout, but Midway had claimed a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mackenzie Fenn hit a 1-out line drive toward the second base. There was no play on the ball, and Fenn was safely aboard. Tyndall was the next batter to the plate, ripping a triple that brought Fenn around to tie the game back up. With two outs, Spivey dropped a single in center-field, scoring Tyndall, allowing Triton to reclaim the lead at 6-5.
Midway wouldn’t go down quietly. With two outs, JJ Sankey drove a triple into deep center field. With the tying run on third, Midway batter Alyssa Wrench was called out on a questionable strike three to end the game, securing the Triton 6-5 win.
Following the game, Midway head coach Leigh Ann Smith was still very proud of the effort her team showed in the game. “I can’t say enough about how well they played tonight,” she said. “Just a few little things and we beat them tonight.”
Midway was led offensively by Hailey Brook West who had two hits, including a triple and two RBIs. Hannah Lucas also had two hits. JJ Sankey, Laura Person, Blythe Best, and Kayley Hawley each had one hit.
Leah Williams went the distance, pitching all six innings for Midway, recording two strikeouts and one walk, but giving up four earned runs on ten hits.
With the loss, Midway now stands at 4-2 overall.
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