Raiders battle past Bulldogs


By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer



Midway’s Austin Raynor sends a ball into the outfield for a pair of RBIs.


The Midway Raiders were back in action on Tuesday evening for the second day in row, hosting the Bulldogs from Wallace-Rose Hill. The Bulldogs blitzed Midway earlier in the season by way of a 12-3 score. That would not be the case this time, as the Raiders turned in a solid performance to avenge that loss with a 7-5 victory.

After falling behind 1-0 early, Midway answered the call in the bottom of the second inning and exploded for four runs. With two on and two out, Midway’s Austin Raynor sent a blast into the outfield, scoring Matthew Nunnery and Chandler Williford. The next Midway batter, Greg Nobles, fired a line drive up the middle for a double, scoring Raynor. Wesley Johnson singled Nobles in and the inning would end with Midway now on top, 4-1.

Wallace-Rose Hill responded, scoring three runs of their own in the top of the third to tie the game up, 4-4.

Following a couple of uneventful innings, Midway reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth, as the Raiders were able to get Raynor around the bases for the 5-4 lead.

Again, the Bulldogs responded. In the top of the fifth, Cole Farrior led the inning off with a double and was scored on a two-out RBI by Will Lanier. The score was tied back up, 5-5.

Like clockwork, Midway responded. Dustin Holland got things started, drawing a one-out walk. Brayden Coats was sent in to pinch run. Adam Butler then hit a sharp grounder to the second basemen, resulting in an error that allowed everyone to safely advance. Jake Clark, recently back from an injury, then sent a shot down the third baseline, allowing Coats to score. Butler, who reached third in the exchange, raced home for another run following a wild pitch. The Bulldogs were able to retire the next two batters, but Midway’s lead was now 7-5.

The Raider defense tightened up as they would go on to win by that same margin, 7-5.

After the game, Midway head coach Jason Fussell commented on how proud he is of the improvements his team has made down the stretch.

“Our guys are playing great. They’ve grown a lot and I’m looking forward to coaching them the rest of the year and on into next year,” he said.

Coach Fussell also praised his pitchers performances against the Bulldogs in helping secure the win.

“Dustin Holland has come full circle in the past few weeks. He wants to win more than anybody and you can see it when he throws,” he added.

“And Raynor to come in at the tail end to close them down in a good effort after he hadn’t pitched in a while, that was big for us.”

Midway returns to action on Friday night at Trask. That game is set for a 7 p.m. start.

Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer

Midway’s Austin Raynor sends a ball into the outfield for a pair of RBIs.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG_2547.jpgMidway’s Austin Raynor sends a ball into the outfield for a pair of RBIs.

Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]

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