Midway split varsity games with visiting East Central 2-A Conference opponent Goldsboro on Wednesday, winning the softball game but falling in the girls soccer match.
After winning a 25-1 rout at Goldsboro Monday, Midway’s varsity softball team edged visiting Goldsboro 1-0 in a pitchers’ duel on Wednesday.
“Goldsboro’s a really good team,” said Midway softball coach Susan Clark. “We were very worried about them when we went there Monday and our girls were really focused and they actually hit the ball in spots where their defense couldn’t get to it. And our bats were dead tonight. Their center fielder (senior Annie Foery) made some outstanding plays. Their defense was really, really good and they had a different pitcher tonight and she was very strong. And our girls just took it lightly because of what happened Monday. And when you don’t focus, it can get away from you real quick. Our girls didn’t do anything wrong defensively. We just couldn’t hit the ball.”
Senior Miranda Holmes went the distance to record the shutout win for the Raiders (4-0, 4-0 ECC), giving up no runs on three hits and no walks, with 13 strikeouts.
“She beared down and did a superb job for us,” coach Clark said.
Junior Shaye Heathcock also pitched a complete game for the Cougars, (1-2, 1-2), yielding one earned run on five hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.
Emma Clark had one hit and one RBI and Lainey Hughes had a double and one run scored to lead Midway at the plate. Sydney Williams and Chloe Baggett each had a double. Holmes had one hit.
Senior Mary Archibald, sophomore Lele Smith and freshman Chancie Fuller had one hit apiece for Goldsboro.
Wednesday’s game was the first time this season that Midway has played all seven innings, as the Raiders’ first three wins all ended in the fifth on the 10-run rule.
“I noticed a little more sweat than usual,” coach Clark said. “It could be the weather change or it could be that they actually had to bear down and go all seven. But they did what they had to do and the end result’s a win.”
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the second inning when Hughes doubled and scored on a base hit from Emma Clark.
Goldsboro threatened in the top of the sixth when Fuller and Archibald each bunted their way on base with one out. But a strikeout and a ground ball to Hughes, at second, retired the side.
With Goldsboro down to its last chance in the seventh, Kennedi Howell reached on the game’s lone error with one out and stole second to get herself in scoring position. But Holmes responded with back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
In the first junior varsity softball game of the season for both teams, Midway won 11-4 against visiting Triton.
Goldsboro took a 4-2 win over Midway in the varsity girls soccer game.
Juniors Kris’Shiya McKoy and Madissen Cannady scored one goal apiece for the Raiders (0-2, 0-2).
Midway hosts conference opponent Spring Creek in softball and girls soccer on Monday.