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The Meigs County Tigers served notice to the rest of District 3-A that they may be just as good in baseball as they were in basketball this past season. The Tigers took a doubleheader from Midway Thursday night in the opening district games for the two teams.
Meigs County won the opener 6-0 and the nightcap 9-3.
Midway’s schedule for this week has been redone. The Green Wave will now travel to Loudon on Monday and then will play a junior varsity game at Rockwood Tuesday.
It was a nice warm afternoon for the first game, but that wasn’t the case for Midway’s offense in the opening game as they picked up just three hits on the day.
Midway starting pitcher Zack Edwards was almost as good pitching five innings and giving up only two hits and a walk. Edwards had four strikeouts and three of the four Meigs County runs were surrendered in the fifth inning.
Four Midway errors were also figured into the runs scored.
Tyler Thompson threw the last two innings and gave up two runs on one hit and no walks. Thompson hit one batter and had two strikeouts.
Two more Midway errors figured into the two runs Meigs County scored in the top of the seventh inning.
Midway had few base runners in the game. Edwards and Christian Moore singled in the first, Justin Dutton had a single in the seventh, and Edwards drew a fifth inning walk.
Midway fared a little better in the second game. They had more base runners, but could only score three of them.
Dutton pitched five innings in the second game and gave up all nine runs to the Tigers. Meigs scored one in the first and then two each in the next four innings.
Dutton allowed eight hits and only one walk. He had no strikeouts and Midway's defense had only one error.
Andrew Melton pitched the final inning and gave up no hits or runs and only one walk. Melton struck out one.
Playing as the visiting team in the second game, Midway tied the game in the third when Edwards tripled. The hit scored Zack Qualls, Melton and Garrett Weingarten. Qualls walked to start the inning and Melton was hit by a pitch. Weingarten beat out an infield single that loaded the bases for Edwards base clearing hit.
Dutton reached on an error in the fourth. Weingarten and Edwards singled in the fifth. Brady Burnam reached on an error in the sixth and Melton followed with a single but none of the runners would score other than the three in the third inning