Riding a ten game win streak the Clinton Dark Horses welcomed cross county rival Midway to the Dark Horse Baseball Complex on Tuesday night for an important conference match-up. The teams played a hotly contested game that was ultimately decided by one run with Midway taking the 4-3 toad win.
The Raiders opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, jumping on the home team early. Clinton whittled away at the Midway lead, scoring once in the second and adding a run in the third to knot the game at two runs apiece.
Midway answered the Dark Horse rally in the top of the fourth when Landon Dorman got aboard on an error to open the inning. Dustin Holland drove a single into left that advanced Dorman to third giving the Raiders runners at the corners with no outs. Midway would eventually plate both runs, the second on a dropped third strike play that allowed Holland to cross the plate giving the Raiders a 4-2 advantage.
Clinton added a run in the sixth inning when Blake Davis tripled to lead off the inning and scored on sacrifice by Jordan Lilliston to make it a one run game. Clinton was unable to threaten any further however, as Dustin Holland dug in and struck out three of the final five Dark Horse batters to secure the 4-3 win.
Clinton was lead offensively by Jordan Lilliston with a hit, one run scored and an RBI. Jonathan Wright went 1-2 with an RBI, Blake Davis tripled and scored and Chase Jacobs added a single, a run and an RBI.
Bailey Spell took the loss on the mound going six and a third innings, giving up five hits, two walks and struck out nine while allowing four runs, all unearned. Jonathan Wright relieved Spell, going two thirds of an inning, striking out one of the two batters he faced.
Dustin Holland scattered seven hits over seven complete innings, striking out five and allowing three runs, to pick up the win for the Raiders. Offensive stats for the Raiders were unavailable at press time.
After the game Clinton head coach Tracey Thornton said, “We played hard but had way too many mental mistakes. For some reason we were not ready to play and they jumped out early on us 2-0 before we knew it. We have been winning a lot of close games this year, I guess it kind off caught up with us tonight.”
The loss drops Clinton to 10-5 overall and 8-1 in conference play. Midway improves their record to 7-8 overall and 3-4 in the conference. Midway will host Pender in their next conference game on Friday night. Clinton will return to action on Thursday evening when they host conference leader East Bladen in another big match-up.
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