A pair of Panthers combined for a five-inning no-hitter to end the District 10-5A schedule in fine style for the Midlothian baseball team Friday night. The Panthers then helped their longtime head coach reach a career milestone fewer than 24 hours later.
Caden Hawkins took the ball first and struck out nine Lancaster Tigers over four innings. He gave way to Jacob Cornell who struck out one and walked one in the 16-0 Midlothian win.
The fifth-inning walk was the lone Lancaster base runner on the evening.
Drake Girard led the Panthers at the plate with a 3-for-4 night and four RBIs. He also scored two runs.
Matthew Coleman and Jett Johnson recorded the lone Midlothian extra-base hits.
The Panthers improved to 17-9 on the season and locked themselves into the third seed out of District 10-5A.
Midlothian faces 9-5A second seed Burleson Centennial in a one-game bi-district championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at home.
Ray Hydes is in his 20th season as the skipper for the Midlothian Panther baseball team and the 18th victory of the 2018 season will be one he remembers for a long, long time.
An eight-run fourth inning and another crooked number in the fifth was enough to lift the Panthers over 6A Cedar Hill in a final tune-up before the playoffs Saturday, 13-8.
The win was the 400th in the career of Hydes, who has coached for 30 years with the last two decades in Panther blue.
Three Panthers took the bump during the victory and it was Nick Lokash who earned the win.
Lokash tossed two innings of two-run baseball (both earned). He allowed four hits, stuck out one and walked one.
Brenden Corbin allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits and one walk over three innings, while Drake Girard walked two Longhorns, stuck out one and allowed three earned runs on four hits.
Johnathan Little and Anthony Ferrante led the way at the plate with doubles, while Ferrante (4), Ryan McCaskill (3), Girard, Little, Mason Quinn and Tyler Spain all drove in runs.