Local roundup: Midway teams travel to Triton

From staff reports
Posted 3/31/22

Wednesday's local action featured two area schools mixing it up for rematches in soccer, softball and baseball

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Local roundup: Midway teams travel to Triton


ERWIN — Two Record area schools went toe-to-toe Wednesday as Triton hosted Midway to settle the season series in soccer, softball and baseball. 

A contentious softball matchup didn't disappoint as Triton outlasted Midway, 1-0, to even things up for the year following a March 4 defeat in Spivey's Corner. 

Lady Hawks (9-3) ace Aubree Bass turned in one of her best outings of the season, finishing with 10 strikeouts while giving up just three hits during the complete-game shutout.  

Lady Raiders (6-3) freshman starter Sarah Autry was just as impressive, ending with nine punchouts and only walking one batter through six innings. 

The contest's sole run came in the first when Takyra McLean slipped in a blooper to shallow right that eventually allowed Tristan Ennis to come home.

Both teams are off until next week when Midway hosts Clinton on Monday, April 4 and Triton hosts Pine Forest Tuesday, looking for a ninth consecutive victory.  

Raiders baseball also got revenge from an early-season loss – overcoming a deficit to win 8-2. 

Triton (7-3) infielder Jalen Evans smacked an RBI triple in the second inning, then came around to score later and gave his team a 2-0 lead. 

Midway (5-4) was held scoreless until the game-changing fifth that saw the group bring eight across. Hunter Tyndall, Nate Smith, John McLamb, Gabe Dapyuan and Casey Culbreth each drove in runs during the frame. 

Smith also got the win as pitcher, tossing a complete game with 10 strikeouts while giving up four hits and two runs. 

The Raiders look for a fifth straight victory Monday, hosting Sampson County rival Clinton. Triton tries to end a three-game skid against Pine Forest on Tuesday. 

On the pitch, Midway's girls soccer team overcame an early deficit and rallied for a 2-1 victory that avenged the loss to Triton earlier this year.  

The Lady Raiders (7-2) put their five-game streak up against James Kenan on the road Friday, while the Lady Hawks (6-7) conclude their series with Westover. 

Central baseball loses late 

A recurring theme surfaced again for Harnett Central's baseball team during its home matchup with South View – surrendering late-inning runs and eventually falling 9-4. 

The Trojans (3-6) scored one in the second inning off a Dalton Ausley single. But they found themselves down 5-3 after a three-run third from the visitors. 

Brandon Barefoot scored on a passed ball in the sixth that cut the deficit to 5-4. But South View answered with four runs in the seventh to put things away. 

Ausley and Luke Bailey each had two hits to lead Central, with Ausley also adding a pair of RBIs. The Trojans jump back into All American Conference action Friday against Terry Sanford. 

South soccer still winless 

The South Johnston girls soccer team fell to in-county foe North Johnston, 4-0, extending its winless streak to start the season. 

Johanna Navarrette had a game-high two goals and Monica Trejo led North Johnston with a pair of assists.

South returns to conference play Friday, hosting East Wake at 6 p.m.


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