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By BROWNIE ROSE
The Midway Green Waves played four games early in the spring break week and were rewarded with a pair of wins Saturday against Wartburg. However, they weren’t as fortunate Monday and Tuesday as they lost District 3-A games against Grace Christian.
The Green Waves swept the Bulldogs on a rare Easter weekend double header at Midway. Midway scored five runs in the first inning of the first game and held on for a 5-4 win. The Green Waves scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 win in the second game of the day.
Monday at Grace the Rams had to score a single run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 13-12 win over Midway. The Green Waves were out of gas Tuesday and dropped a 16-4 decision to the Rams at Midway.
Wartburg at Midway
Midway jumped on the Bulldogs with five runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for a 5-4 win.
Wartburg had scored two runs in the top of the first before Midway rallied.
Eric Stansbury, Chris Barry and Jonathan Bullard all reached to load the bases before Ryan Radcliffe reached on an error to force in the first run. Paul Hester then drew a walk to score Barry.
After an out, Wakon Roberson singled to score Bullard and Josh Manning was hit by a pitch to force in Radcliffe.
After the second out, Stansbury was hit by a pitch to plate Hester with the fifth run of the inning.
After the big first inning, the game was left up to the pitchers for Midway to win.
Hester pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and gave up all four runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out four.
The potential tying run was on base in the fifth before Barry came on to get the final two outs and pick up the save.
In the second game, the Green Waves built a 2-0 lead through the first four innings before Wartburg tied the game with two runs in the fifth. Midway pushed in the winning run in the bot-tom of the fifth.
Stansbury led off the bottom of the first with a single and scored the first run after singles from Bullard and Hester.
In the fourth, J.T. Gibson led off with a walk and would score after Stansbury and Barry singled.
After Wartburg tied the game at two with two runs in the fifth, Manning drew a one out walk in the bottom of the fifth. Gibson walked and Stansbury singled to load the bases then Barry was hit by a pitch to force in Manning with the game winning run.
Gibson pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and gave up only two hits and four walks. He had six strike outs.
Radcliffe relieved and got the final two outs and picked up the save.
Midway vs. Grace
In the first game against Grace, Midway rallied form a 12-6 deficit with three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to tie it at 12, but the Rams pushed in a single run in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the win.
Grace scored 12 runs in the first three innings and scored six in the first. Midway briefly tied the game with a six runs in the second inning.
Midway did load the bases in the first, but failed to score as Jack Henderson, Chris Barry and Eric Stansbury all singled.
Midway had their biggest inning of the year in the second when they scored six runs to tie it at six.
Paul Hester drew a leadoff walk followed by singles from Jonathan Bullard and Dallas McMurray.
After two outs, Henderson singled, Barry reached on a catcher’s interference call, Stansbury walked, Radcliffe singled, a pitch hit Hester and Bullard walked in the big inning.
Grace built the 12-6 lead in the next two innings before Midway began to rally late.
Hester led off the sixth by getting beaned. Paul Wiley singled and McMurray reached on an error that scored Hester. Manning singled to drive in Wiley. After a force out of McMurray, Henderson singled to score Manning.
In the seventh, Stansbury led off with a single, Radcliffe reached on an error and Hester singled to drive in Stansbury. After a pair of outs, Manning singled to plate Radcliffe then Geoff Bukoniwicz singled to score Hester with the tying run.
Midway struggled to stay close in Tuesday’s rematch, but did have the Grace lead down to 5-3 after the third inning, but they ran out of gas in the late innings when Grace scored 11 runs in the final three innings.
Barry scored the first Midway run with a lead off home run in the third.
Stansbury and Radcliffe followed with singles then Hester and Bullard were hit by pitches to force in Stansbury. After a pair of outs, Bukoniwicz was hit by a pitch to score Radcliffe.
Midway scored their only other run in the fifth when Bullard led off with a double. After an out, Manning and Bukoniwicz drew walks before Henderson singled to drive in Bullard.