Midlothian will face Mansfield Legacy High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at MHS Panther Field after picking up wins against Bryant, Boswell and JJ Pearce High Schools during their non-district schedule.
One of the wins, which came in the last week, brought the Panthers record to 3-10-2. The Panthers are on a two-game skid after losing to Bryan and Midway High Schools in back-to-back games.
Russ Smith, a 6-foot-9 and 220-pound left-handed senior, leads a Midlothian pitching rotation rounded out by Jett Johnson, Blake Bolgiano, Mason Johnson, Cade Faulkner and Drake Wayland.
Mansfield Legacy High School, which is 10-4 this season, have won their last three games and outscored the Seguin, Seagoville and Martin High Schools 24-8.
The arms of Conner Binkley, Payton Cathey, Cameron Fisher and Ryan Hill have helped Mansfield Legacy sustain its win streak.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
In 2016, the Panthers finished 24-6-1 overall and 12-0 in District 8-6A but lost 12 seniors to graduation — including current Texas Christian University catcher Zach Humphreys, all-purpose, five-tool infielder JB Garrett, current Univerity of Texas at Tyler Patriot Raby Hampton and shutdown closer Jordan Johnson.
They also won eight of their 10 non-district games before beating South Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill High Schools 4-1 and 13-7, respectively. Bolgiano, Smith, Mason Johnson, Drake Wayland are a few players who made Midlothian city history in 2016.
They join a district stocked with talent from consistently dominant Waxahachie to resurgent Red Oak to young and hungry Mansfield Legacy High Schools.
With Ellis County rivals Waxahachie and Red Oak on the horizon, picking up wins and momentum against teams that project to fall lower in the standings may be the surest route to the playoffs.
The Panther-Indian showdown is less than a week away.
Midlothian High School will face Mansfield Timberview High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Mansfield Timberview Wolf Field and will face Waxahachie High School at MHS Panther Field.
Tickets, which are $3 for students and $5 for adults, will be available at the front gate ticket window at MHS Panther Field.