Clinton blanks Midway


By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer



Raider Adam Butler drives a pitch during the loss to Clinton on Tuesday.


The Midway baseball team hosted conference foe Clinton on Tuesday evening, looking to build on their win at Pender on Friday. The Clinton Dark Horses had other plans, as they would escape Spivey’s Corner with a 4-0 victory.

Clinton scored all the runs they would need in the first inning, as the Dark Horses were able to move Charles Jordan and Bailey Spell safely around the bases for a 2-0 lead.

Clinton added their lead the top of the fourth inning, advancing Sklyer Thornton around for the score to make it 3-0.

The Dark Horses again plated a run in the top of the fifth. Zack Parker led the inning off with a sharp line drive up the left side for a double. A sac bunt by Jordan Lilliston advanced the runner to third, who was then scored after Blake Davis hit into a ground out at first base. Clinton now led 4-0.

Clinton easily turned away Midway’s only real threat. After going three up, three down in both the bottom of fifth and top of the sixth innings, the Raiders had runners on first and second. With two outs, Dustin Holland drove a fly-ball into right field that was caught to end the threat.

Midway opened the bottom of the final frame with a double by Matthew Nunnery, but Clinton retired the next three Raider batters to end the game, notching the 4-0 win.

After the game, Clinton head coach Tracey Thornton was proud of his team, especially his pitching ace, Jonathan Wright, who had 12 strikeouts.

“We have a good chance of winning a game any time Jonathan is pitching,” Thornton said. He also added that his team being able to hit the ball well aided in the victory, “The best thing that we did tonight was that we did not strike out but once tonight. We were able to hit the ball and put the ball in play.”

Midway head coach Jason Fussell says his team is young has to get more experienced. “We’ve got do to a better job of recognizing situations. We gave them a lot of opportunities to advance runners, especially on misplayed balls and errors.” Coach Fussell also credited Wright, “Their pitcher did great tonight.”

With the loss, Midway drops to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the Four County Conference. They’re right back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Wallace-Rose Hill.

Clinton is now 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference. They travel to Union on Thursday for a 6 p.m. start.

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By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer

Raider Adam Butler drives a pitch during the loss to Clinton on Tuesday.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_-1.jpgRaider Adam Butler drives a pitch during the loss to Clinton on Tuesday.

Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]

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