CLEBURNE — The Midlothian Lady Panthers don’t know when the next time they’ll be allowed to play will be, but they will own a 2-0 record in District 14-5A softball if and when they do resume.
In a game moved up a day because of weather concerns, the Lady Panthers continued their strong offensive output as they had double-digit hits and runs for the second straight outing, hit four home runs total and outslugged Cleburne, 14-7, on Thursday evening.
Leadoff hitter Riley Crawford set the table nicely for the Lady Panthers (10-7, 2-0), batting 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and also chipping in with two RBI. Kaylee Hlavaty was 2-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and two runs, and Maddie Morrow was 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Farryn Aday added two hits in the win.
Starting pitcher Kristalyn Brown was credited with the win despite conceding four earned runs on seven hits. Hannah King came on and went the remaining 4.2 innings, allowing no earned runs on four hits.
Cleburne took an early 3-0 lead before MHS started to chip away. Aday’s infield hit played Payton Gooch in the second inning, and in the third the Lady Panthers led off with back-to-back homers by Crawford and Morrow to tie it up. One out later, Hlavaty’s two-run homer gave MHS the lead.
The Lady Panthers led 6-3 at the end of three and continued to pull away as they added two runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth. Hlavaty’s two-run homer in the fifth capped the scoring for MHS and made it 14-5, but the Lady Panthers were unable to get that extra run to put the run rule in effect.
The Lady Panthers now wait to see if the 2020 softball season will be allowed to proceed. They had an open date scheduled on Tuesday, but the rest of this week and next week are on hiatus as the University Interscholastic League’s suspension of play remains in effect through at least March 29.