Senior Miranda Holmes pitched a no-hitter as Midway’s varsity softball team took a 7-0 win over visiting East Central 2-A Conference opponent Spring Creek on Monday night.
“I try to go into every game thinking this is going to be the hardest competition I’m up against,” Holmes said. “This game was no different. I always try to pitch my hardest and hit my spots like I’m supposed to.”
“It helps when the other team doesn’t score,” said Midway softball coach Susan Clark. “It doesn’t put a lot of pressure on you, defensively, when there’s no balls hit.”
Holmes pitched all seven innings for the Raiders (5-0, 5-0 ECC), giving up no runs on no hits, no walks and one hit batter, with 16 strikeouts.
Holmes credited her chemistry with Midway senior catcher Jega Dapuyen as a major factor in her pitching performance.
“Me and Jega have been pitching and catching together for the past two years and it’s gotten better over time,” Holmes said. “And we’ve kind of gotten to know each other’s strengths and weakness and we’ve just kind of worked on that and we just communicate well.
Sophomore Lainey Hughes had three hits and one run scored and senior Jega Dapuyen had two hits, including a triple, one RBI and one run scored to lead Midway at the plate.
Kelcey Harris had one hit and one RBI. Sydney Williams had a double and one run scored. Maranda Byrd had one hit and one run scored. Chloe Baggett and Emma Clark had one hit apiece. Holmes and Rylie Williams scored one run apiece.
“You still have to score, you still have to scratch and you still have to be better than what we saw at the plate,” coach Clark said. “We’re good at the plate, we just aren’t getting that connection together yet. We’re getting there.”
Rylie Williams drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, advanced on an error and scored on an error on a Hughes hit.
Midway sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits, two errors and two wild pitches.
Dapuyen tripled in the sixth and scored on an error.
Holmes was perfect through six innings, but lost the perfect game bid in the seventh when Emily Williams reached on an error and Anna West was hit by a pitch for the Gators (0-5, 0-5). A fly ball to center field and back-to-back strikeouts finished off the no-hitter for Holmes.
Spring Creek wins soccer
Spring Creek won 3-2 over Midway in girls soccer Monday.
Juniors Madissen Cannady and Kris’Shiya McKoy had one goal apiece for the Raiders (0-3, 0-3).
Midway plays at Spring Creek in softball and girls soccer on Tuesday.