Twenty-nine hits and 23 runs made for an easy two-game sweep of North Dallas by the Midlothian Panthers over the weekend.
Midlothian collected 15 of those hits in the 9-0 win during game one Friday. The Panthers then sealed the 5A Region II area championship with a 14-1 run-rule victory Saturday at home.
Maybe even more impressive is that four Midlothian pitchers combined to allow just three hits in the series.
After the game-two win, head baseball coach Ray Hydes said his team executed exactly as they should have.
“Anytime you can jump out with an early lead like that you kind of get the shock value," Hydes said. "The kids played with good intensity. We played good defense. We got good pitching. We got timely hitting. We talked about that getting off to a good start and not being lackadaisical. It took a little bit of wind out of their sails, I think. It helped us in the long run.”
The Panthers, who are now 21-9 on the season, advance to the 5A Region II quarterfinals to face Joshua. The Owls defeated Dallas Hillcrest in round two after sweeping Waxahachie in round one.
The three-game series begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brewer High School. Game two is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday and game three, if necessary, will begin 30 minutes after game two.
Hydes added the coaching staff will urge caution to the Panthers, as they will soon "start seeing scores being a little bit tighter."
"Every round is different. Every game is different. We have to do what we do best and not try to do too much," Hydes explained. "[This series] helped our confidence obviously. But you have to remember there are really good teams out there with everybody fighting for the same goal. We have to make sure we are prepared for each and every day to be our part.”
The Panthers were held scoreless in the first and fourth innings Friday night at Oates Field in Dallas but made the most of opportunities presented in the other five innings at the plate.
Jackson Quinn took the ball on the bump for Midlothian to open the series and struck out two North Dallas batters over six innings of work in the 9-0 Midlothian win. He walked one and allowed just one hit on his way to a playoff victory.
Brenden Corbin tossed one inning in relief of Quinn. He struck out one and allowed one hit.
Tyler Spain provided the fireworks at the plate with a two-run home run in the third inning.
Luke Woollen and Mekoy Malone collected one triple, each, while Jett Johnson and Ryan McCaskill added doubles for the Panthers.
Woollen drove in a game-high three runs.
Deion Medellin (2B) and Xavien Shay (3B) recorded the only two extra-base hits for North Dallas.
Midlothian hung four runs on North Dallas in the bottom of the first inning in game two at home Saturday afternoon. The Panthers then scratched one in the second before exploding for nine runs in the third inning of the 14-1 win.
Drake Girard went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Panthers at the plate.
Matthew Coleman drove in a team-high four runs with a pair of doubles on his way to a 2-for-3 day.
Ryan McCaskill notched the only other Panther extra-base hit (2B) and drove in a pair of runs.
Caden Hawkins tossed the first four innings of the run-rule win and picked up the win. He struck out three, walked one and allowed one unearned run on one hit.
Blake Bolgiano closed out the win with a 1-2-3 fifth inning on 11 pitches.