MIDLOTHIAN — Midlothian was four innings away from suffering a 5-0 defeat, their second district loss and a tumble to the bottom of the District 10-5A standings.
Annabel Anderson, Sierra Mihailov, Shelby Noah and the Lady Panthers, however, had other plans.
Midlothian High School used a five-run fifth inning to erase the deficit, even their district record and beat Mansfield Timberview High School 13-7 Friday night at Lady Wolf Field.
The (9-6, 1-1) Lady Panthers opened their district schedule with an 11-1 loss to Mansfield Legacy High School at MHS Lady Panther Field and had lost three of their last five — including the loss to the Lady Broncos — to La Vernia and Liberty Hill High Schools.
Noah, the winning pitcher that went seven innings, threw 130 pitches and seven strikeouts and allowed three walks, tied Georgia Capell for the Lady Panther hits and was one of three players with two or more hits. She finished 3-for-4 at the plate drove in Mihailov with a fourth-inning double.
Noah held Mansfield Timberview to six hits from three batters. Only two had two or more hits and one 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lady Wolves.
Midlothian was a mirror opposite.
Eight different girls accounted for the team's 13 hits. Capell, the team leader in RBI with five, finished 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Three of her five RBI came via a seventh inning, two-run bomb — her first home run of the Lady Panthers' district schedule.
She also drove in two runs on a triple in the fourth.
Mihailov, the third multi-hit Midlothian batter, doubled in the fourth inning and singled in the fifth. Anderson, Kyleigh Aldrich, Kaylee Hlavaty, Emily Singleton and Tatum Sorrels each added a hit.
The Lady Panthers will face Waxahachie High School on Tuesday at MHS Lady Panther Field. The (7-9, 1-1) Lady Indians improved their district record to .500 after beating Ellis County rival Red Oak High School 14-0 Friday at Lady Indian Field with the help of a five-inning, shutout performance by Lillian Graham, four-RBI at-the-plate production from Kaylie Burdine, a Sharrika Levingston triple and an Addy Redd home run.
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