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Winning championships isn't supposed to be easy, but the Midway Lady Green Waves made it look easy Wednesday evening as Craig Hutchinson and Barry Narramore's squad rolled to a 17-1 victory over Grace Christian Academy.
The margin of victory stunned pretty much everyone in attendance as Midway had beaten the Lady Rams twice this season with both victories being four runs or less.
“I didn't expect this at all,” Midway head coach Craig Hutchinson said. “They've got a great team and they played us close both games this year. They play hard and they're fundamentally sound.”
Midway came out strong Wednesday by batting around in each of the first two innings and they didn't let up until they had pounded out a total of 16 hits in just four at bats.
“Our hitting was the difference this week,” Hutchinson said. “Our defense has been there all year, but our hitting has been hit-or-miss at times. But we hit the ball this tourney better than we have all year.”
The Lady Waves came out hot as hot as the 90-degree weather as the Lady Waves scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Halie Wiley opened the inning with a walk then a pitch hit Danielle Borum. Taylor Narramore followed with a two-run single then sophomore slugger Alex Richardson blasted a two-run home run to deep left field that made the score 4-0.
Midway made it 8-0 with four more runs in the second inning.
Wiley, Borum, Narramore, Paige Moree and Taylr Hall all had hits for Midway in the frame and all but Hall came around to score.
The Lady Waves cooled off a bit in the third inning as only two runners crossed the plate.
Wiley singled and scored the first run while Borum doubled and scored the second run. Richardson and Moree drove in the runs.
Midway put the finishing touches on the shellacking with seven more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Wiley, Borum, Narramore, Hall, Christina Stansbury, Hali Morris and Haley Patterson scored the runs with Narramore, Richardson, Morris and Patterson picking up RBIs.
Grace Christian avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the fifth inning.
Midway's 16-hit attack was led by Wiley (2-2, 4 runs), Borum (3-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 4 runs), Narramore (3-4, 5 RBIs, 3 runs), Richardson (2-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs, 1 run) and Moree (3-4, 1 RBI, 1 run).
Wednesday's championship marked the sixth straight season the Lady Waves have won the District 3-A title and Coach Hutchinson said it's a testament to how hard the girls from Midway have worked throughout the years.
“These girls just don't know how to quit and they expect to win,” Hutchinson said. “Rain or shine these girls put in a lot of time in the off-season to get better. I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of them and I'm just glad I have the opportunity to be with them.”
Midway now turns its attention to Monday and the first round of the Region 2-A Tournament. Monday's opponent wasn't known after Wednesday's game, but Coach Hutchinson expected a battle.
“We don't know who we're playing yet, but you don't get to this point if you're not a good team. It's going to be a tough game.”
Monday's game will be at Midway at 5:30 p.m. against either Oneida or Coalfield. Oneida and Coalfield played Thursday evening for the District 4-A championship.