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Lady Waves cruise in district opener, 17-0

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Midway Lady Green Waves opened the 2013 portion of their schedule Tuesday evening with a convincing 17-0 thee-inning victory over Greenback.

“I’m very pleased,” Lady Waves head coach Megan Arndts said following the game. “We did a good job of staying on top of the ball and hitting line drives or hitting the ball hard on the ground. We were also pretty focused on defense.”

Midway’s defense, however, didn’t have a lot to be focused on thanks to the play of freshman pitcher Ragyn Hall. Hall tossed all three innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out seven.

Offensively, Midway had their way with the Lady Cherokees, scoring three runs in the first inning and 14 more in the second.

Midway’s three-run first inning opened with Halie Wiley beating out a bunt single. Alex Richardson followed with a walk then Christina Stansbury followed with an RBI when she reached on an error. Hall drove in the final two runs of the frame with a two-run double.

The second inning would see the Lady Waves sending 20 hitters to the plate with 14 of those coming around to score.

Wiley, Kallie Sohm, Richardson, Stansbury and Jayde Rose scored twice in the inning while Hall, Kaylee Burton, Shade Narramore and Alisa Barger also crossed the plate.

Midway did not bat again after the second inning.

Wiley (3-3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Sohm (2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Richardson (1-1, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Stansbury (1-2, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Hall (2-3, 1 2B, 4 RBIs, 1 run), and Narramore (1-2, 1 RBI, 1 run) all had hits for Midway in the victory.

Coach Arndts was happy to start off district play with a win, but she also knows a team with 11 new players this season must continue to improve if they want to make a tournament run in May.

“It’s always good to get off to a good start in district play,” Arndts said. “We’ll have to keep swinging the bats well, but the biggest thing for us is the mental game. We’ve got to get stronger mentally to be a good team.”

The Lady Waves will have ample opportunity to improve this weekend when they travel to Cleveland to participate in a tournament.