The Midlothian baseball team had no problem against the Cedar Hill Longhorns on Saturday night.
The Panthers scored five times in each of the first two innings to account for all of the scoring in the 10-0, five-inning victory.
Zach Humphreys drew a one-out walk in the first inning then a single by Matt Heck got him into scoring position. Dylan Sweeney doubled both of them home to account for the first two runs.
Matt Horne drove in Sweeney with a single then took second on a wild pitch. A walk to Blake Farr got two on base then a single by Ethan Hallmark plated Horne. A fielding error by the Longhorns allowed Farr to score and make it 5-0 as Midlothian batted around in the first.
The second inning saw a similar pattern. Garrett led off with a single then Humphreys doubled to left to score Garrett. Sweeney double to left to plate Humphreys. A single to right by Horne scored Sweeney. Ethan Davis reached on an error then a double by Farr scored both Horne and Davis to make it 10-0.
The Panthers emptied their bench for the final two innings and Ryan Minnix pitched the complete game shut out. He struck out two batters and allowed just two hits in the win.
Earlier last week, Midlothian dominated Mansfield Timberview 13-4.
Midlothian scored four runs in the seventh on a bases loaded walk by Jimmy Fouse, and a two-run single by Chris Martinez.
Hallmark had two extra-base hits for the Panthers. He singled in the fourth inning and doubled in the second and fifth innings.
Davis handled Mansfield Timberview’s lineup with ease, racking up 10 strikeouts. Davis allowed no earned runs, three hits and four walks over four innings.
Hallmark, Horn, Heck and Garrett helped lead the Panthers as they combined for nine hits and six RBIs.
Midlothian never trailed after scoring three runs in the first on a two-run home run by Heck and a sacrifice fly by Ethan Davis.
Two the Midlothian runners came all the way around to score in each of the second, fourth and fifth. In the second, the Panthers scored on a groundout by Humphreys, plating Hallmark.
Midlothian built upon its lead with two runs in the fifth. The inning got off to a hot start when Horn singled, scoring Johnathan Rehkopf. That was followed up by Hallmark’s double, bringing home Horn.
Midlothian (18-3, 5-1 in 7-5A) is tied for first place in the district with Mansfield and Duncanville. The Panthers will close the first half of district play at 7 p.m. tonight at Duncanville. Midlothian will then begin the final stretch towards the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Grand Prairie.