Midway took a pair of varsity wins against visiting East Central 2-A Conference opponent Wallace-Rose Hill, winning in both girls soccer and softball Monday.
Senior Miranda Holmes fanned 19 batters as Midway’s softball team celebrated its Senior Night with an 8-0 shutout victory.
“I’m still not happy with their performance at the plate,” said Midway softball coach Susan Clark. “They’re good offensively. It’s coming. We just haven’t quite gotten there yet. The season’s almost over, so I guess they’re saving it for the playoffs.”
Holmes took the complete game win in the circle for the Raiders (10-1, 10-1 ECC), giving up no runs on one hit and one walk, with 19 strikeouts.
Senior Jega Dapuyen was 3-for-3 and had three runs scored to lead Midway offensively.
“Jega has been struggling, but she turned it on for this game,” coach Clark said. “Good things to come.”
Rylie Williams had one hit, two RBIs and two runs scored. Chloe Baggett had one hit and three RBIs. Sydney Williams had one hit, one RBI and one run scored. Holmes and Mackenzie Williams had one RBI apiece. M Williams and Maranda Byrd scored one run apiece.
“They’re scrappy, that’s for sure,” coach Clark said. “They’re fast, they’re quick and they’re smart on the bases. If they do get on, they’re going to do everything they can to get around and get home.”
Junior Sarah Brinkley had the lone hit for the Bulldogs (5-5, 4-5).
Midway honored seven softball seniors: Maranda Byrd, Chloe Baggett, Bella Bryant, Miranda Holmes, Jega Dapuyen, Sydney Williams and Emma Clark.
“These girls have been playing since they were eight-years-old,” coach Clark said. “Miranda and Jega have been pitching and catching together for four years at Midway. This is a very special group. They get along together so well. They’re just like a big, goofy family.”
Midway scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the fourth and one apiece in the fifth and sixth.
Midway gets into win column in girls soccer
Midway’s girls soccer team earned its first win of the season with a 1-0 shutout win over Wallace-Rose Hill.
“It’s very exciting,” said Midway girls soccer coach Anna Naylor. “We still have a lot to work on, as far as crashing the goal. As far as connecting passes, we’re very good with that. They deserved it. They’ve worked hard. We’ve only got three games left, but they’ve worked hard and they earned it.”
Sophomore Kerrigan Brown scored the game’s lone goal for the Raiders (1-7-1, 1-7-1).
“Kerrigan was up top and it was just a matter of her being confident in herself and taking that shot,” Naylor said. “The defense had pushed the ball up and our offense had pushed up and giving her the ball.”
Freshman Lana Rhoads recorded the shutout in goal for Midway.
“If it wasn’t for her, I’m not sure if we’d have walked out of here with a win,” Naylor said. “She’s actually one that I pulled from the field, because my goalie got hurt and is out for the rest of the season. So, I put her back there and she did a phenomenal job.”
After Brown scored in the first half, Midway dominated time-of-possession in the second half and denied the few opportunities the Bulldogs (2-8, 0-8) had on the offensive end.
“We stayed on that side of the field the majority of the second half,” Naylor said.
Midway travels to Wallace-Rose hill on Wednesday. The softball game is the regular season finale for the Raiders, who can clinch at least a share of the East Central Conference title with a win.