SAGINAW, Texas — For Mineral Wells, 13 runs in five and a half innings of high school baseball against Midlothian Heritage on Friday at Saginaw High School spelled the end of their season and state championship hopes.
For the Jaguars, though, five nearly peerless innings of pitching by Jared Boisvert and a pair of triples from Robert McKelvy and Cade Sumbler helped punch a second round ticket to the area round of the UIL 4A baseball playoffs.
It's also the second consecutive year Midlothian Heritage reached the area round of the playoffs after falling to Abilene Wylie High School in two games in 2016.
The Jaguars used four hits — back-to-back-to-back singles by Trey Bostic, Coby Calvery, Nathan Gaskamp and Laramie Sales — to score the four of the final five runs and a Cody Moore RBI single to seal a rally in the first inning.
While Boisvert settled after allowing two runs in the first and second innings and limited Mineral Wells to four total hits with three strikeouts, the Jaguar bats and base running came heavily into play. Bostic, Gaskamp and Charlie Clark all stole a base during the game and Calvery's heads-up score from third base on a wild pitch earned the 13th and run-ruled final score of the matchup.
Rams pitchers Chris Ortiz, Gaston Spangler, Trenton Thibault and James Gonzalez didn't fare as well as Midlothian Heritage's hurler. The quartet combined for 13 runs allowed on seven hits, four walks and 122 pitches. They also struck out five batters.
Ortiz, the starter and the game's losing pitcher, lasted only two innings and gave of four of the seven hits and eight of the 13 runs. He also Midlothian earn a 49 percent quality at-bat rating.
Midlothian Heritage's win sets up a rematch of last season's area round after Abilene Wylie, the undefeated District 5-4A champion, beat Vernon High School on Friday.
The (27-1, 9-0) Bulldogs are state-ranked by TXHighSchoolBaseball.com and haven't lost a game since falling to Rider High School 6-1 on March 11. Since that defeat, Abilene Wylie has won 13 consecutive baseball games and outscored their opponents by a combined 157-61 margin.
A Midlothian Heritage victory in the three-game series that begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Brock High School would put them in the first regional quarterfinal in school history and on a collision course with the winner of the Alvarado-Iowa Park area round series.
Game No. 2 will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brock and if needed, game No. 3 will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday at Brock.