SPIVEY’S CORNER — Not a lot went right for Voyager Friday and Midway took advantage of the Vikings’ woes with a 5-1 win in the opening game of the NCHSAA 1A Eastern regional best-of-three baseball series.
First the game was scheduled for Voyager’s home field, Southern Durham, but a Thursday night thunderstorm forced the game to be moved to Midway.
Then the Vikings got hung up in Raleigh’s Friday afternoon traffic and arrived late, pushing the starting time back 40 minutes.
As if that wasn’t enough, coach Pete Shankle’s team committed a season-high six errors, which was just too much to overcome.
The two teams will play game two Saturday at 7 p.m. at Southern and game three, if necessary, Monday at 7 at Southern.
Voyager, 21-5, won the East last year, but lost in the state finals without a junior or senior class.
“It just wasn’t a good day,” Shankle said. “But the fact is we just didn’t make plays, easy plays we always make. It’s simple. We have to win Saturday just to get to the third game.”
Junior Loy Stone (9-3) pitched well for the Vikings. He had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning but trailed 1-0. He ended the game with a two-hitter and seven strikeouts. He also had two of his team’s hits.
Caleb Truehart (2-1) or junior ace Chad Sykes (10-1) will start Saturday’s game.
Midway is 25-3 and No. 1 pitcher Taylor Calcutt (11-1) got the win.
“We expected to have a 20-win season,” Raiders coach Jason Fussell said. “In the playoffs you need to be good and lucky. We could come out and boot it around like Voyager did tonight.”