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Midway opens playoffs with two wins

  The offense led the way as Midway opened the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball playoffs with two easy wins at Matt Leritz Stadium.

     Midway belted out 20 hits in a 16-6 seven-inning win over Red Eye Saturday afternoon and followed with a 22-hit attack in a 14-5 victory over Huntersville Sunday afternoon.

     In the win over Red Eye, Midway scored five times in both the third and fourth innings before a four-run seven ended the game early via the 10-run rule.

     Eight different players had at least two hits to spark the offense. Zach Etter went 2 for 4, Shane Hendrickson went 2 for 5 with two runs, Steve Wetterling hit a home run and went 2 for 4 with three runs and three RBI, Robert Weaver went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three runs, Brad Lusti went 4 for 5 with two runs, Ray Mueller went 2 for 5 with two runs, Sean Dormanen went 2 for 5 and Brett Dormanen went 2 for 5 with two runs.

     Brett Dormanen earned the win, allowing four runs on three hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Only one of those runs was earned. Hendrickson gave up two runs on three hits over the final two innings.

     Five different players had three hits in leading the Snurdbirds past Huntersville as Midway led 7-5 before sealing the win with a seven-run eighth inning.

     Etter went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, Brett Dormanen went 3 for 6 with two RBI, Wetterling went 3 for 6, Weaver went 3 for 6, Jeff Marjamaa went 2 for 6 with two runs and two RBI and Lusti went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI to lead Midway’s offense. Jeff Marjamaa, Pete Marjamaa and Lusti blasted home runs while Etter had two of the team’s seven doubles.

     Lusti picked up the win in relief, allowing one hit and striking out four in 2 1/3 innings. Pete Marjamaa gave up one run on two hits over the final two innings for the save. Etter started and allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over the first 4 2/3 innings.

     Midway, which improved to 17-5 on the season, will host either Huntersville or Red Eye Saturday at 2:30 p.m.