WAXAHACHIE — The Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament was a mixed bag for the Midlothian High School baseball team as they ended the tournament on Saturday with a 3-2 loss to Bryant (Ark.) at Richards Park, finishing with two wins and three losses on the weekend.
The Panthers (4-5-1) mounted a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs as Lukus Hendrickson doubled home Jackson Cox and Nathan Humphreys with two out, but a groundout ended the inning.
The Panthers got the tying run to third in the bottom of the seventh as Lance Rains led off with a single, but pinch runner Garrett Bourgeois was stranded at third on a strikeout looking.
Travis Klein allowed two earned runs on only three hits in taking the hard-luck loss for MHS. Colton Spencer pitched two shutout innings in relief.
Friday was a better day for the Panthers as they defeated Duncanville, 1-0 in eight innings, and Waxahachie, 8-4.
In the Duncanville win, Hunter Harrington doubled home Hunter Colburn with the walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth. Hunter Rainwater and Josh Oliver had the only other two hits for the Panthers. Jaylon Johnson pitched a hitless eighth and got the win in relief of Caden Copeland, who allowed no runs on three hits in seven innings of work.
Later Friday against Waxahachie, the Panthers erupted for six runs in the top of the ourth to take command. Oliver and Rainwater each finished 2-for-3 and combined for three RBI, with Oliver adding a triple. Humphreys picked up the win on the hill, allowing no earned runs on four hits and striking out nine in 4 1/3 innings.
MHS opened the tournament on Thursday with a 5-1 loss to Mansfield Legacy and a 4-3 loss to Birdville. In the Birdville game, Oliver was 3-for-3 and Humphreys, Harrington and Chris Tomlinson all added two hits as the Panthers outhit Birdville 12-5. Against Legacy, Oliver finished 2-for-2 and scored the lone MHS run on Bourgeois’ RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth.
The Panthers are entered in the Fort Worth Medford tournament and will play co-host on Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, they will play at Mansfield Summit against Aledo at 11 a.m. and Summit immediately following. The scene shifts to MHS on Friday with the Panthers taking on Waxahachie at 11 a.m. and Fort Worth Nolan Catholic at 6:30 p.m. MHS will close out on Saturday at home against Mansfield High at 11 a.m.