The Midlothian Lady Panthers softball team had two big innings Saturday afternoon and got a blow out win against Cedar Hill.
Midlothian was actually tied with Cedar Hill 1-1 after three innings before the flood gates opened up and the Lady Panthers scored 12 runs in the next two innings to lead to the 13-3 victory.
Rachel Jones led off the game for Midlothian with a single and scored two batters later on a hit by Georgia Splaw.
Cedar Hill tied the game in the second thanks to back-to-back hits. The Lady Longhorns took the lead in the top of the fourth 2-1, but in the bottom of the fourth, Midlothian got seven straight batters to reach base to blow the game wide open.
Emily Noahled off the inning with a double and scored when Emily Kuser followed with her own double. Robyn Gajdica drew a walk and an error allowed Destiny Rogers to load the bases.
Jones unloaded them with a double to right then a hit by Delaney Ward made it 6-1.
Two batters later, Noah got a hit to left to score Wayland. An error allowed Katie Daniel to reach base then a home run by Kuser capped the nine-run fourth inning to make it 10-2.
Cedar Hill got one run back in the fifth, but that just delayed the inevitable. Jones and Wayland singled to start the fifth and Carley Haizlip doubled to score both runners. Two batters later, Noah got another hit to score Haizlip and end the game with the “mercy rule” win.
Midlothian (14-12, 5-4 in 7-5A) are sitting in good position to clinch a playoff spot soon. With five games left, the Lady Panthers have a two-game lead on Duncanville for the final playoff spot. The two teams play at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Midlothian and if the Lady Panthers win that game, they will have a three-game lead with four games to go meaning just one win would clinch a playoff berth for Midlothian.
The two teams met earlier this year and the Lady Panthers had no problem cruising to a 12-2 victory in Duncanville. Noah picked up the win on the rubber and Midlothian got home runs from Jones, Haizlip and Daniel in the “mercy rule” win.