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Lady Waves fall one game short of state

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

 

The 2011 season came to an end Friday evening for the Midway Lady Green Waves, but the Lady Waves didn't go down without a fight as Craig Hutchinson and Barry Narramore's squad dropped a 12-10 decision at Unaka in the TSSAA Class A sectional.

The tone of Friday's slugfest was set early as Unaka's Katherine McInturff led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run. Unaka would score another run in the inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Midway answered with a vengeance as they scored six runs in the top of the second inning.

Paige Moree opened the attack with a one-out single and she was joined on the bases by Taylr Hall (walk) and Christina Stansbury (error). Hali Morris followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Moree with Midway's first run of the contest.

Midway, however, did most of their damage with two outs. A pitch hit Hayley Patterson to reload the bases then Halie Wiley drove in two runs with a single. Danielle Borum followed with the big blow of the frame as she smoked a three-run home run to center field to give the Lady Waves a 6-2 lead.

The Lady Rangers closed the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the third inning, but Midway got those runs back in the top of the fourth inning to regain the four-run lead at 8-4.

The Lady Waves put together four straight singles from Morris, Patterson, Wiley and Borum to take the 8-4 lead.

Unaka, however, wouldn't go away as the Region 1 champions used a two-run homer from Brandi Ensor in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull within 8-6, but it was the bottom of the sixth inning that proved too much for the Lady Waves to overcome.

The Lady Rangers used five hits, two walks and one hit batter to score six runs and take a 12-8 lead into the final inning of play.

Midway, however, would have Lady Ranger fans sweating-it-out in the seventh inning as the Lady Waves put together one last rally.

Alex Richardson and Moree opened the inning with back-to-back doubles to make the score 12-9 then Stansbury drove in a run with an infield single to make the score 12-10.

Unaka, however, got out of the jam and earned a berth in this week's TSSAA Class A State Tournament with a pop up and ground out to end the game.

Wiley (3-4, 3 RBIs, 1 run), Borum (2-4, HR, 4 RBIs, 1 run) and Moree (4-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs) all had multiple hits on the day for Midway.

Midway ends their season with a 19-3 record.