After two inclement weather delays, the Midway Softball team was finally able to get their last home game in as they hosted West Bladen on Saturday evening to celebrate Senior Night. This year’s seniors are Emily Hairr and Brittany Watson. Watson, who after having missed most of the season due to injury, was able to be back on the field for her final home game. The duo enjoyed a successful Senior Night, as the Lady Raiders ran away with the 8-0 victory over the Lady Knights.
The game began with what looked like a defensive struggle would ensue, as neither team had generated any runs through the first two and half innings.
Midway thwarted an early threat by the Lady Knights to keep the game scoreless, but offensively, Midway struggled early as the first eight batters were retired in order.
Finally, with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, JJ Sankey belted a line drive over the head of the center fielder for a triple but she was able to race home for the score after a throwing error. Midway took a sudden 1-0 lead.
The game remained at 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Midway exploded for seven more runs to pull away.
Alyssa Wrench got things started with a sharp line drive to right field that deflected off the tip of the defenders glove and rolled to the fence, allowing Wrench to circle the bases for the run. With one out, Midway was able to load the bases after Hannah Jackson, Sankey, and Leah Williams all got aboard. A squeeze bunt attempt by Emily Hairr was unsuccessful as Jackson was thrown out at home.
With two outs, Kayley Hawley sent a single up the middle to score Sankey and Williams. Hannah Lucas followed up with another single up the middle, scoring Hairr and Hawley. Brittany Watson singled to score Lucas, then was scored as Wrench came back to the plate and blasted a triple.
West Bladen finally stopped the onslaught, but Midway was in firm control, suddenly boasting an 8-0 lead. That score held the rest of the way as both defenses tightened up.
After the game, head coach Leigh Ann Smith praised her team’s efforts in the win.
“We played good ball tonight,” Coach Smith begin. “This was the first win we’ve had on Senior Night in four years. The team played really good, they played together.”
Offensively, Midway was led by Sankey with two hits and an RBI. Wrench, Watson, Lucas, Hawley, Hairr, and Williams also each had one hit.
Leah Williams went the distance on the mound for Midway, giving up two hits and two walks but allowing no runs. She also recorded one strikeout.
With the win, Midway finishes fourth in the Four County Conference with a record of 9-5 and an overall record of 14-8.
Midway will return to action next week in the state playoffs. Date, time, and location will be determined this weekend.
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