Raiders rally to defeat Triton in baseball, girls soccer

by | Mar 31, 2022 | Midway

Senior Nate Smith pitched a complete game for Midway.
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Midway rallied for a pair of wins in varsity baseball and varsity girls soccer at nonconference rival Triton on Wednesday night.

An 8-run fifth inning powered Midway’s baseball team to an 8-2 win over Triton.

“We started off with such a brutal schedule and it was tough for our guys to have a little confidence,” said Midway baseball coach Justin Carroll. “But after a couple of wins, we seem to be playing with a lot more confidence. We had some tough practices after starting out 0-3. I think that’s kind of been the difference. They’ve started to play together and been focused on playing as a team. They’re doing a great job. Everybody is.”

Senior Nate Smith pitched the complete game win for the Raiders (5-4), giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk, with 10 strikeouts.

“He was unreal,” Carroll said. “He was all over the zone and just a competitor up there. He wanted the ball the whole time and he did an outstanding job on the mound keeping them off balance. And it seemed like he got stronger as the game went on.”

Junior Casey Culbreth had two hits, one RBI and one run scored, Smith had two hits and one RBI and Carson Barefoot had two hits and one run scored to lead Midway at the plate.

Gabe Dapuyen and John McLamb each had one hit, two RBIs and one run scored. Trey Gregory and Hunter Tyndall each had one hit and one run scored. Grant Barefoot and Caden Wilson scored one run apiece.

Junior Jalen Evans had a triple, one RBI and one run scored, sophomore Gavin Klein had one hit and one RBI, junior Wyatt Avery had one hit and one run scored and junior Ross Stevens had one hit for the Hawks (7-3).

Triton scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the early lead.

“We just started putting a little pressure on them,” Carroll said. “We’ve got a pretty athletic team. Everyone seems to run pretty well. We were just putting the ball in play and being tough outs and being tough at the plate. John McLamb had a great at-bat. He fouled off six or seven pitches and had a hit up the middle. A lot of guys were doing a lot of good things.”

Girls Soccer

After Triton led 1-0 at halftime, Midway scored two goals in the second half to win, 2-1, over Triton.

Senior Madissen Cannady and sophomore Lana Rhoads scored one goal apiece for the Raiders (7-2).

Sophomore Emma Stanley scored once for the Hawks (6-7).

Weather permitting, Triton’s baseball team hosts All American 3-A/4-A Conference opponent Westover for a doubleheader on Thursday. Triton is at home against Westover in girls soccer on Friday.

Midway’s girls soccer team is at home against non-conference opponent James Kenan on Friday. Midway is at home against Southeastern Athletic 2-A Conference and Sampson County rival Clinton in baseball, girls soccer and softball on Monday.

Triton first baseman Ross Stevens heads to the bag for an unassisted out.
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Gabe Dapuyen was among Midway’s hitting leaders on Wednesday.
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Gavin Klein gets a hit for host Triton in an 8-2 loss to Midway.
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Palmer Foster controls possession for host Triton.
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Emma Stanley (left) makes a run to the goal for Triton.
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Midway goalie Nicoll Corranza makes a save at Triton.
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Abby Perez of Midway gains control in a 2-1 win for the Raiders.
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Midway’s Morgan Hall goes up for a header against Triton.
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Bianca Gonzalez (14) looks to make a play for the host Hawks on Wednesday.
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