• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway baseball beats Rio Grande in RSC Tourney

JAMES DAVENPORT, a junior on the Midway University baseball team, picked up the win for Midway to open the River States Conference Baseball Tournament. Davenport, a right-hander, tossed seven innings and allowed three runs – two earned – on three hits. (Photo courtesy Midway Athletics)

The Midway University baseball team opened postseason play with a bang on Saturday, May 6, with a 13-3, run-rule victory over Rio Grande (Ohio) in the opening round of the River States Conference Baseball Tournament at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. The Eagles, who are now 25-27 overall, scored six runs in the second inning, three in the third and four in the sixth to earn a 13-3 victory in seven innings. The Red Storm scored two in the third and one in the fifth, but they couldn’t match Midway’s 13 runs on 13 hits. Midway got on the board first with six runs on four hits in the second frame. Senior Josh Wenning and freshman Matthew Olson each delivered an RBI single in the second, while senior Hector Quinones and junior Barrett Croslin each came through with a pair of two-run singles to push Midway’s lead to 6-0. After Rio Grande went down 1-2-3 in the second inning, the Midway offense went back to work in the top of the third, scoring three more runs. Junior Tyler Jones hit a sacrifice fly, while senior Reid Battles ripped an RBI single and later scored on an error to push the lead to 9-0. Rio Grande answered with two in the third inning and one in the fifth, but Midway responded with four runs in the sixth inning. Quinones ripped a one-out double and later scored on an RBI single by junior Danny Maguire. After a pitching change by the Red Storm, junior DJ Lewis roped a triple down the right field line that scored junior Carlos Cespedes, who singled earlier in the inning, and Maguire. Then Lewis scored on an RBI single by Jones to push Midway lead to 13-3. The run support was more than enough for junior right-hander, James Davenport who tossed seven innings allowing three runs – two earned – on three hits, while striking out three batters. Softball The Midway University softball team returned to Jackson Memorial Park on Saturday, May 6, and went 1-1 on the second day of the River States Conference Softball Tournament. In Midway’s first game, the Eagles took on Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) in an elimination game and, tied 7-7, scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to seal an 8-7 victory. After defeating Cincinnati Christian, the Eagles faced the team that handed them their first loss of the tournament on Friday, Indiana University Southeast. In the game, the Grenadiers held the Eagles to one hit as they walked away with the 4-0 victory to end Midway’s season. Midway finished the 2017 season 29-18, a large improvement on its 2016 season, when the Eagles finished 8-34. Game 1: Midway 8 Cincinnati Christian 7 During the regular season, both games between Midway and Cincinnati Christian were decided by one run. Their postseason meeting was no different, as it was decided in the final at-bat when, with the bases loaded, a Midway batter was hit by a pitch that brought in the final run for the 8-7 victory. Midway led three different times in the game, but each time, Cincinnati Christian came battling back. Midway scored two in the first inning, but CCU answered with three in the second taking a 3-2 lead Then in the third, Midway scored three runs to regain the lead, 5-3. Cincinnati Christian, however, wouldn’t go away, scoring two runs in the fifth, tying the game at 5-5. Just like the third frame, Midway scored two more to regain the 7-5 lead. Unfortunately for Midway, Cincinnati Christian scored two in the top of the seventh to tie the game 7-7, setting up a nail-biting finish in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded, freshman Jasmine Jordan was hit by a pitch to force home the winning run to give Midway the 8-7 lead. Midway’s offense was led by senior Tiffany Wickline, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Junior Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman added a 2-for-3 day with an RBI and a run scored, starting the rally in the seventh with a leadoff single. Senior Addie Murphy and Jordan each picked up an RBI, while Murphy scored ttwice. Also, senior Gabby Bruner and junior Carly Benz both added two hits and two runs scored. Freshman Trista Craigmyle came on to pinch-run for Mogelberg-Kauffman in the seventh, and she scored the winning run when Jordan was hit by a pitch. Taking home the win in the circle was Wickline. The senior tossed seven innings and allowed seven runs – six earned – on 10 hits, while striking out three. Game 2: IU Southeast 4 Midway 0 In its game on Friday, the IU Southeast pitching duo of Emily Weiss and Becca Schoenung tossed a three-hit shutout. In the elimination game on Saturday, Weiss was at it again, this time tossing a one-hitter to send Midway home with a 4-0 loss. Junior Lynsie Clark tallied the only hit for the Eagles, while Mogelberg-Kauffman and Murphy both reached on a walk. The Eagles tried to start a rally in the sixth inning when a Grenadier error opened the door for Midway. But with runners at first and second, IU Southeast got a strikeout to end the threat. Taking home the loss for Midway was Emily McGlothin. The freshman allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. Wickline tossed the final two innings and allowed an unearned run in the sixth. (Information provided by Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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