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The Midway Green Waves set a school record for wins Friday evening with an 8-6 victory over Greenback.
But more important than win No. 17 for Darrell and Isaiah Ruffner’s squad is the fact it keeps their season alive. The Green Waves were facing elimination against the Cherokee’s in the first round of the District 3-A Tournament.
The Green Waves led for much of Friday’s contest and even held an 8-2 lead after four innings of play before Greenback made things interesting down the stretch.
Greenback used a lead off hit Friday to take an early 1-0 lead, but Midway quickly took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Jake Parkison got things going with a one-out walk and that was followed by a single by Josh Manning and a walk to Thomas Viar as the Green Waves loaded the bases. Jonathan Barnett followed with a fielder’s choice ground ball that drove in a pair of runs.
Midway scored two more runs in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead.
A walk to Christian Moore started the inning and he would score on a one-out double from Logan Davidson. Matt Jarvis followed with an RBI single to make the score 4-1.
Parkison walked later in the frame, but the Green Waves would leave two runners stranded at the end of the inning.
The Green Waves scored again in the bottom of the third inning to make the score 5-1.
Barnett walked to start the inning and he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Davidson.
Austin Keeling (single) and Moore (error) also reached safely in the frame, but neither would score.
Greenback scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 5-2, but Midway answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a seemingly safe 8-2 lead.
A pitch hit Parkison to start the inning then Manning double before Viar singled to score the first run. Keeling drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly then Moore drove in a run with a single to make the score 8-2.
Greenback, however, didn’t go away quietly. The Cherokees used a hit, walk and two Midway errors in the top of the fifth inning to score a pair of unearned runs to make the score 8-4.
The Cherokees made the things really interesting in the seventh inning as one hit, one error, one walk and one hit batter made the score 8-6 with they tying runs on base with one out. But Midway ace Josh Manning ended the game with a pair of strikeouts that allowed the Green Waves to advance.
Manning picked up the victory after tossing a complete game five-hitter with three walks and five strikeouts.
Manning (2-4, 2 run) and Jarvis (2-4, 1 RBI) had multiple hits on the day for Midway.
With the victory, Midway (17-6) advanced to Monday’s second round of tournament play and a match-up with No. 1 seed Grace Christian Academy.