SPIVEY'S CORNER — Whiteville pitcher Jacob Allgood left Midway baseball fans in a bad mood for 6 2/3 innings of Tuesday's first-round state playoffs matchup.
The home contingent had one final glimmer of hope when Allgood exited the contest with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the tying run on third. But the Raiders' promising season came to a halt via strikeout, sealing the 1-0 loss.
No. 14 seed Whiteville (10-4) moves on to Thursday's second round of the 2A East bracket to face First Flight.
Third-seeded Midway closes the season with a 13-2 record and suffers its only home loss this year.
"We pitched pretty well and played defense pretty well, but we just couldn't get a hit when we needed one," Raiders coach Justin Carroll said.
"We had runners (on base) but their pitcher (Allgood) did a great job. He really filled up the zone and mixed in some off-speed, too."
Allgood posted double-digit strikeouts and protected a one-run lead gained in the top half of the first inning when he beat out an infield single.
In the bottom half of the opening frame, Raiders leadoff hitter Jonathan Cooper drew a walk and worked his way to third before getting caught in a rundown. Allgood took advantage of the mishap by striking out the next batter to close the inning and keep the 1-0 advantage intact.
Midway senior starter Dawson Wiggins kept pace with Allgood and held the Whiteville batters in check, allowing just two hits while striking out eight through five innings.
Fellow upperclassmen pitchers Sawyer Sutton and Christian Hairr pitched scoreless frames in relief.
Whiteville's Fisher Soles gave up a two-out hit to Casey Culbreth in the seventh that put runners on second and third. But Soles struck out Raiders seinor Hunter Gainey to close out the win.
"I just told them (seniors) that I appreciated everything. They've worked as hard, I'm sure, as any team around. They've made it super-easy on me as my first year," Carroll said.
"We have some guys in some key spots that are coming back, so we hope to build our program and our culture on what these senior guys leave behind because they did such a great job every day."
Culbreth finished with a game-high two hits, while Wiggins, Cooper and Nate Smith each added one base knock.
LAKE WACCAMAW-- Richard Warren turned in a gem to start the 1A state playoffs, striking out nine while surrendering just four hits and no walks to help Hobbton breeze past East Columbus 6-0 on the road Tuesday.
The ninth-seeded Wildcats (10-2) now travel to top-ranked Perquimans for the second round of the 1A East bracket.
Warren also helped himself early, singling up the middle to bring in Nate McLamb for a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Bennett Darden followed with an opposite-field hit into left field to make it 2-0.
Ben Langston led the Wildcats with a pair of hits and two RBIs. His single in the fifth brought a couple more across to provide late insurance.
McLamb scored a game-high three runs and had a hit, while Daniel Britt also added a single while stealing two bases.
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