Raiders eliminate Falcons

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MIDWAY – Junior lefthander Dustin Holland twirled a three-hit shutout here Wednesday night and the 10-0 final ended the roller-coaster baseball season for Bertie High.

Brandon Roberson, Michael Scott and Cody Matthews were the only Falcons players able to solve Holland and scratch out a hit. Adam Butler led Midway, going three-for-three and driving in three runs.

Matthews and Scott also combined on the mound. Matthews surrendered a dozen hits, eight of them earned in getting saddled with the loss. He also had four strikeouts in his five-and-a-third innings of work. Scott pitched the final two-thirds of an inning as the two seniors closed out an outstanding high school career.

“Congratulations to Midway, they did what great teams do: move runners, locate pitches, and hit the baseball; tonight was just not our night,” said Bertie coach Bobby Harmon. “They have an outstanding program as evident by their success over the last couple of years. We didn’t hit the ball at all and we started pressing when we got down.”

After Bertie went down in order in the first inning, the Raiders loaded the bases in their half of the frame and used three hits to produce the game’s first run and a 1-0 Midway lead.

In the top of the second, the Falcons’ Jaycob Damo walked, was sacrificed to second and, with two outs, stole third, but a line-out to the third baseman ended Bertie’s chance to score.

After Midway scored single runs in the second and third innings to make it a 3-0 game, Bertie had another shot in the top of the fourth. Scott and Matthews had back-to-back base hits with one out, but a pair of groundouts ended the threat.

Midway got another run in the bottom of the fifth after Bertie went in order in that inning as well as in the top half of the sixth. Despite being down 4-0, the Falcons seemed to still have a chance, but the Raiders sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the inning, banged out five hits that were good for six runs and with skies threatening, the game ended on the 10-run rule.

“I’m really proud of these kids, especially the seniors,” said Harmon, trying not to become emotional. “They gave me a heck of a ride.”

Scott, Matthews, and Damo all played their last game for the Blues, along with teammates Matthew Weaver, Hunter White, Jacob Dunlow, Rontez Futrell, Patrick Chamblee, Eric Collins, Daquan Mebane, and Nijil Persuad.

Bertie ends its season at 10-15.