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Midway sweeps Wartburg in doubleheader

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By Taylor Crombie

Dominant pitching performances from Midway’s Gabe Moore and CJ Huff led the Green Wave to two more district wins in a doubleheader at Wartburg Monday night.

Moore pitched a complete-game shutout in Game 1, striking out nine while only allowing one hit and four walks in Midway’s 5-0 win.

Huff struck out 10, gave up four hits, a walk and no earned runs in five innings of work in Game 2, but errors allowed Wartburg to score three runs in the fourth inning, bringing the final to 7-3 Midway.

“I’m proud of them,” Midway coach Brent Johnson said. “That second game, we made a few errors and they had some good hits, but were able to finish it out.”

Midway 5, Wartburg 0

Caleb Constant started off a bit shaky on the mound for Wartburg, giving up a leadoff single to Burnum, then back-to-back walks to Moore and Huff to load the bases with no outs. The Green Wave did minimal damage, though. Richardson drove in Burnum from third base with a sacrifice fly, while Huff remained at first and Moore advanced to third. Constant picked off Huff at first for the second out, but Moore scored to give Midway a 2-0 lead. Burton struck out to end the inning.

Wartburg’s only hit in the first contest was a one-out single by Ian Elrod in the third inning. Moore struck out Brandon Grimes for the second out of the inning, but walked Michael Davis, with Elrod on third after he stole second and advanced to third on an error. Moore struck Constant out swinging to get out of the inning without giving up any runs.

Midway added a run in the bottom of the third inning on an error by Wartburg, and two runs in the sixth on a single by Parks. Hester was hit by a pitch to start the sixth inning, then Johnson reached on an infield single. Parks hit a single up the middle after Schleben grounded out. Parks advanced to second on the throw as Hester and Johnson scored, bringing the final to 5-0.

Constant went five and a third innings for Wartburg in the loss, gave up five hits, four earned runs, four walks and struck out six.

Midway 7, Wartburg 3

Midway took an early 6-0 lead in Game 2 with two runs in the first inning and four in the second.

Moore drew a walk and Huff singled with one out in the first inning. Moore scored on a ground out by Richardson, then Huff scored on a single by Burton.

Schleben and Parks grounded out to start the second inning, but Burnum drew a four pitch walk to keep it going. Moore reached on an error while Burnum advanced to third, then Huff hit a triple to center field to drive both runners in. Richardson walked, Huff scored on a wild pitch to Burton, then Burton drew a walk. Hester hit a single to center to drive in Richardson, putting Midway up 6-0.

The Green Wave added its final run in the fourth inning when Moore scored on a Wartburg error.

Wartburg got a bit of a rally going in the bottom of the inning. Constant reached on a dropped strike to start the inning, then scored on a single by Jeremiah Davis.

Colby Justes hit a single to right to keep things moving with one out. Midway caught a foul tip by Michael Davis for the second out, but the runners advanced on a passed ball earlier in Davis’ at bat.

Adrian Hall struck out, but reached first on another dropped strike to keep the inning alive, then Patrick Lester hit a hard ball to right field to drive in Justes from third, bringing the score to 7-3. Caleb McCarty struck out to end the inning and the rally.

Despite being swept, Wartburg coach Zach Moore is happy with the progress the young team is making.

“I think we’re getting closer to where we need to be,” he said. “We haven’t always prepared ourselves the way we should, but I think they’re learning what it takes to be a winning baseball team. It’s going to come together for us at some point.

“It still wasn’t perfect tonight, still wasn’t where I want it to be, but I’ll take it. We competed with a good baseball team.”