Matt Barefoot scattered six hits and struck out eight for Midway as the Raiders downed Bunker Hill 4-2 Saturday night in the third and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Midway, in the championships for the second straight year, won the series two games to one and Barefoot was named the championship series Most Valuable Player.
In the opening game on Friday night, Austin Hardison had three hits in four at bats and Dylan Hardison went the distance on the mound as Midway rolled past Bunker Hill 10-3. The Bears came back in game two earlier Saturday as Cooper Wray went two for three with three RBI to lead Bunker Hill to a 4-3 decision while Barefoot had two hits for the Raiders.
Midway jumped in front with three runs in the first with some timely hits. Luke Clark, who topped the Raider attack with three hits in four trips, had a run-scoring single, as did Kyle Hawley and Tyler Pope. Cole Ervin, the Bear starting pitcher, did not make it out of the first and was relieved by Colton Chapman, who went the rest of the way.
The Bears sliced it to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the third without a hit, stringing together a hit batsman, error, fielders choice, stolen base, a couple of walks and a wild pitch. Midway made it 4-2 in the sixth when Cody Baker delivered an RBI single.
In the seventh, Bunker Hill brought the tying run to the plate after a single by Chapman, his second hit of the night and fourth time he reached base, but Barefoot struck out the next two hitters to preserve the win.
Ervin had a single and a double in three at bats for the Bears.
The Raiders completed the year 27-5, while Bunker Hill, in its first trip to the championship series, wound up 27-7.
This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.