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Midway baseball sweeps doubleheader from IU Kokomo


TYLER JONES, a senior pitcher from Huntington Beach, California, not only collected the win in Midway’s 2-1 win over Indiana University Kokomo in game two, but he also hit the walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Eagles to the 2-1 victory. (Midway Athletics photo)

The Midway University baseball team continued their perfect start to River States Conference play this past weekend when they swept a doubleheader overIndiana University Kokomo on Friday, March 9, at Chandler Field.

Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, Midway scored one run in the fourth, and two in the fifth and seventh innings en route to the 7-4 victory in game one. Then in the second, the Eagles got a walk-off single from Tyler Jones to lift Midway to a 2-1 victory.With the sweep, Midway pulls themselves back to .500 at 10-10. More importantly, the Eagles are now a perfect 5-0 in River States Conference play.In the opener, Midway struck first with two in the first frame, but the Cougars (7-12, 0-5 RSC) scored four in the fourth to take the 4-2 lead. Midway got one run back in the bottom of the fourth and added two runs each in the fifth and seventh innings to come away with the 7-4 win.

Pitcher Brandon Aoki didn’t have his best stuff, but took home the win after five strong innings. He allowed four unearned runs on four hits, while collecting nine strikeouts. Conner Lindsay pitched the final four frames for Midway and collected the save allowing four hits, while fanning six batters.Graeham Luttor led the way offensively going 3 for 4, with two doubles, four RBI’s and a run scored. Kurt Paldino added a 2 for 4 day with an RBI and a run, while Matthew Olson tallied the other RBI for the Eagles. Layne Peavler didn’t record an official at bat, but was on base three times and scored three runs.

Will Broady and Noah Marion also scored one run each.The second game turned out to be a pitcher’s duel with Midway starter, Carlos Cespedes, getting the best of the Cougars. The senior would take a no hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a one out single. The Cougars went on to score that inning as they grabbed the 1-0 lead.With Midway trailing 1-0, the Eagles got an RBI single from Danny Maguire to score Noah Marion and tie it up at 1-1.

After Tyler Jones danced around a leadoff double in the top of the eighth, he helped his own cause as Midway walked off in the bottom of the eighth.Koy Lindsey opened the eighth with a single as Ryan Kayoda was called upon to pinch run. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Tyler Jones stepped to the plate and ripped a single on the first pitch he saw to score Kayoda from second and give Midway the 2-1 walk-off victory.

Cespedes was dealt a no decision, after nearly tossing a no hitter. The Midway senior allowed one run on two hits, while striking out a career best 13 batters. Tyler Jones not only had the walk-off single, but also recorded the win. He allowed one run in his one inning of work.

Midway is back in action this weekend when they host Ohio Christian University for a three-game series. The teams are currently supposed to play one game on Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m. and then a doubleheader on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m.

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