Waves suffer first loss of 2014 season

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By Brownie Rose


After a 2-0 start on the season, the Midway Green Waves ran into a talented team in Knox Christian Thursday at Midway. 

Midway took an early lead at 2-0, but fell apart in the fifth inning, allowing eight runs to the Knights and eventually getting run ruled 13-3 after six innings of play.

Midway starting pitcher Justin Dutton kept Knox Christian scoreless through the first three innings, but gave up three runs in the fourth. Dutton got one out in the fifth then three consecutive batters reached base and the avalanche of runs started. 

Dutton lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on five hits. Two walks and three Midway errors allowed four of the runs to score. Dutton had two strikeouts.

Sophomore Andrew Melton relieved Dutton and finished the game with 1 2/3 innings allowing seven more runs on four hits and three more Midway errors.

Melton had no walks and no strikeouts.

Midway almost got out of the fifth down only 9-3, but an error on an outfield catch ended up giving the Knights two more runs.

Midway went up 2-0 with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. 

Hayden Hester led off with a double and Shandon Lyle reached on an error. After an out, Dutton drove in Hester with a single then Brady Burnam reached on an error to score Lyle.

Knox Christian took a 3-2 lead with a three runs in the fourth.

Midway tied it with a run in the bottom of the fourth. 

Burnam led off with a double and moved to third on a single from Zack Qualls. Garrett Weingarten lofted a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Burman.

Midway put two runners on base in the fifth, but could score. Lyle reached on an error while Alex Thomason drew a walk.

Coach Isaiah Ruffner subbed freely in the sixth and two more runners reached base but could not score. 

Tyler Thompson reached on the fourth Knight error and Gage Patterson later was hit by a pitch.

After playing Cosby Friday, Midway will be back to work Monday hosting new District 3-A rival Meigs County. They visit the Tigers on Tuesday.