It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the night Monday, but Midway pulled away from Triton in the final innings thanks to a couple of shutout innings from reliever Eli Culbreth and a crooked number in the top of the seventh.
“Those guys have come a long way from last year,” Midway coach Jason Fussell said of Triton. “They swung the bat well, they’ve got arms, they play good defense. We just were able to scrap out more runs. Hats off to Eli for coming in the game and being big for us in the end.”
Culbreth picked up the win for Midway (3-0), going three innings and giving up just one earned run on two hits while striking out six. Carson Calcutt started on the mound for Midway and went four innings, yielding three runs on three hits while striking out four.
Campbell signee Chandler Williford went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored to lead Midway at the plate. Drew Matthews and Jaron Register each had two hits and two RBIs for Midway. Cal Tyndall, Cameron Calcutt and Cameron Barefoot each had a hit and drove in a run. Carson Calcutt had a hit and scored three runs. Culbreth had a hit and scored one run.
Greg Godwin started on the mound for Triton (3-1) and went 3.2 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned) on six hits. Hayden Pope only pitched one-third of an inning but got stuck with the loss.
Parker Crews led Triton at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. Dalen Thompson had one hit, an RBI and three runs scored. Grayson Bradham and Christian Tyndall each had a double and an RBI. Colton Neighbors and one hit and one run scored.
Triton had just taken the lead 7-6 after scoring four runs in the fifth. But Midway wasted no time in responding, scoring two runs to retake the lead in the sixth.
Triton could have gotten out of the seventh without giving up a single run. With two outs and a runner on second, Carson Calcutt struck out but reached base because the third strike was dropped and the ball was overthrown to first. After that, the Raiders piled on four runs to make it a five-run ballgame.
“It was a much closer game than the scoreboard indicated,” said Triton coach Joey Miriello. “I was proud of the way we played tonight. That’s a heck of a team we just played, they’re one of the better teams we’re gonna play this year. I don’t doubt that they’re gonna be competing for another state championship in 2A, they swing it well 1-9 and they’ve got numerous arms. They’re an impressive team, so for us to come out and compete tonight the way we did, I was very pleased with what we did. We got a little shakey there on the mound towards the end, but the way we swung the bat tonight against that caliber of pitching, I was really pleased.”
After going through the the first three games using just one or two pitchers, Triton used up every single arm in the staff to get through Monday night’s game. Luckily for the Hawks, they don’t have to play again until Thursday against Smithfield-Selma.
Midway on the other hand jumped right into East Central Conference play with a game at Spring Creek on Tuesday. They’ll close out the week against Wallace-Rose Hill on Friday.