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Midway holds off Tellico Plains in tourney opener, 7-4

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By Goose Lindsay

 

In a game that was a little closer than many expected, the Midway Green Wave kept its season alive Friday evening at Harriman with a 7-4 victory over Tellico Plains in the opening round of the District 3-A Baseball Tournament.

Midway had swept the season series from the Bears, winning by scores of 7-0 and 13-2, but Tellico Plains scored runs in four of the seven innings played Friday to put a scare into fans of the green team.

The Bears actually grabbed a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning, but that lead didn’t last long as the Green Wave answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame.

Zach Edwards (error) and Shandon Lyle (double) reached safely and scored the first two runs on a single from Hayden Hester. Hester later scored when Christian Moore reached on an error to make the score 3-1.

Midway added to its lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning.

With two outs and none on, Justin Dutton singled and scored on a single from Edwards. Lyle followed with a single and a pitch hit Hester to load the bases, but the Bears got out of the inning with no further damage done.

The Green Waves seemed ready to pull away when they scored two more runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead.

Garrett Weingarten walked and scored the first run on a Brady Burnum ground out while Zack Qualls singled and scored on a wild pitch to give Midway a five-run lead.

Midway, however, couldn’t deliver the knockout blow as Tellico Plains scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to pull the Bears to within 6-4.

The Green Wave did get an insurance run in the bottom of the frame when Lyle tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Hester.

Midway starter Alex Thomason pitched six strong innings, allowing four hits and three walks, but he gave way to Moore in the seventh. Moore earned the save after retiring the side in order with two strikeouts.

Lyle (3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 runs) was the only Midway player with multiple hits on the day. Hester did have three RBIs.

With the win, Midway (18-9) advances to the double elimination portion of the tourney where they will take on Meigs County (17-9) on Monday. 

The Tigers took a pair of games from the Green Wave in the second week of the season.