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Monday proved to be a rough day for the Harriman Blue Devils and Midway Green Wave on the baseball diamond as both would drop games on the road.
Scoring runs was the biggest problem for both teams as Midway dropped a 6-1 decision at Loudon while Harriman fell at Meigs County, 4-1. Harriman’s game was a District 3-A contest.
Midway vs. Loudon
Both teams had six hits Monday, but the Redskins did more with those hits as they picked up a five-run victory.
Neither team did anything early on as the first 15 batters of the game were retired in order. Loudon finally broke through in the bottom of the third inning as they turned four hits and two walks into a 4-0 lead.
Midway got its first base runners in the top of the fourth inning. Christian Moore singled and a pitch hit Hayden Hester in the frame, but neither would come around to score.
Justin Dutton singled for Midway in the fifth inning, but he was also left stranded then Loudon turned four hits into two more runs and a 6-0 lead.
Midway broke-up the shutout in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs and none one, Moore, Hester and Shandon Lyle picked up three straight singles with Hester driving in Moore to make the score 6-1.
Dutton singled in the seventh inning for the Green Wave, but there would be no late rally.
Moore (2-3, 1 run) and Dutton (2-3) had multiple hits for Midway in the loss.
Harriman vs. Meigs County
One bad inning cost Harriman a chance at victory as the Blue Devils dropped a 4-1 decision in Decatur.
The bad inning came in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied at 1-1. Two singles, a walk and hit batter along with a costly error allowed the Tigers to score the three runs that decided the outcome.
Harriman’s only run of the game came in the top of the fifth inning.
Dillon Reynolds reached on an error and eventually scored on a Grant Jenkins ground out. Bobby Jackson (single) and Chase Hamby (error) also reached safely for Harriman in the frame.
The Blue Devils had solid scoring chances in the first and fourth innings.
In the first inning, Reynolds walked, Jenkins reached on an error and Hamby singled to load the bases with one out, but Meigs County used a double play to get out of the inning.
In the fourth inning, Brantley Diggs singled and Tucker Goldston walked, but neither would score.
Diggs pitched a solid game for Harriman in defeat. He pitched a complete game, allowing only one earned run on eight hits and two walks.