Midway left the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, but came back with five runs in the second inning and the Raiders went on to a 13-4 baseball win at Triton on Friday night.
Cameron Calcutt had a three-run triple in the second as his bother, right-hander Carson Calcutt, got the win.
“There were some great plays in the field behind Carson, a few times,” said Raiders coach Jason Fussell. “Cameron sat on it and put it into left field pretty hard. All in all, it was a great effort.”
Calcutt allowed one hit in three innings and one unearned run. He walked two and had six strikeouts.
Chandler Williford was 2-for-4 with three RBIs as the Raiders improved to 2-0 going into their East Central 2-A Conference opener at Spring Creek on Tuesday.
Trailing 12-1 in the fifth, the Hawks (1-3) extended the game. Bert Strickland led off with a single before Zy McDougald walked. Grayson Bradham had a hit to load the bases. Josh Roberts had an RBI single and Parker Crews had a hit that drove in a pair of runs.
“We don’t quit,” said Triton coach Joey Miriello. “That’s happened a couple of times this year, where we’ve been in a hole and battled back.”
The Hawks committed four errors.
“We’re not going to beat a lot of teams if we continue to give them as many extra outs as we have,” Miriello said. “You can’t do that playing anybody, especially playing a team with the capability of Midway. … As young as we are, as inexperienced as we are, we need to learn from the mistakes and continue to get better.
“We’ve got some guys battling for positions. We still don’t have a set lineup. We don’t even know who our one, two or three pitcher is. We’ve been very inconsistent so far this season. We’ve got to become more consistent, especially defensively and on the mound. At times, we swung the bat well. … We hope to continue to progress as the season goes on.”
Bradham went 2-for-3 and scored two runs for Triton. Ethan Hedgepeth, starting pitcher Greg Godwin and Bert Strickland also had hits for the Hawks.
Godwin pitched two and two-thirds innings and was pulled after hitting back-to-back batters with two out. Godwin yielded eight runs, three of which were earned. He yielded two hits, four walks and struck out three.
Lefty Christian Tyndall relieved Godwin and allowed one earned run inn two innings. Midway scored three times during his stint on two hits and two walks. Tyndall had one strikeout.
McDougald pitched two and two-thirds before exiting with a cramp. He gave up two hits and an unearned run while walking two and fanning three. Crews went the final inning and two-thirds. He allowed two hits, one earned run. He walked two and had two strikeouts.
Triton visits Terry Sanford on Wednesday.
Sophomore Eli Culbreth pitched the fourth for the Raiders and classmate Cal Tyndall finished on the mound.
Culbreth didn’t allow a hit or a run while walking three and striking out two. The Hawks managed five hits and three earned runs against Tyndall, who walked one and struck out three.
“This is a young team, but it resembles the teams we’ve had in the past,” Fussell said. “It’s an energetic team, a team that gets along. We focus on the little things. The energy tonight was great. I know it was a marathon game. … The little things, like two-strike hitting, … throwing somebody out on a tag, that’s some things this team is good at. It’s going to be a fun team to watch.”
Jaron Register had a hit, scored three times and drove in a pair in the win. Carson Calcutt had a hit and three RBIs for the Raiders. Brayden Coats and Colby Pope each had a hit and scored twice. Reid Grady had a hit.
Midway has some pitching depth.
“We’re going to go about six or seven deep,” Fussell said. “All of them are about the same. Carson and Chandler starting, and then a couple more to fill in.”