Midway exploded for six runs in the fifth inning on Friday night to blow open a close game and take a 10-3 victory over Bunker Hill in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The Raiders pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five Bunker Hill errors en route to the win.
Bunker Hill had grabbed a 3-1 lead in the opening inning, and then the Raiders came back with two in the second to tie it before erupting in the fifth.
Designated hitter Austin Hardison led the way for Midway with three hits in four at-bats and drove home two runs. Tyler Pope had two hits and a pair of runs batted in for the winners and number-nine hitter Troy Spell had an excellent night with two hits.
Justin Setzer and Jordan Eckerd each had two hits for the Bears.
Dylan Hardison went the route for the Raiders, moving his record to 10-0 on the season. Colton Chapman (12-2), the first of four Bunker Hill pitchers, got the loss.
Midway, in the championships for the second consecutive year, won its eighth straight and ran its record to 26-4. The Bears fell to 26-6 and had a seven-game winning streak snapped.
Game two of the best-of-three is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday. This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.