The 2020 season is on indefinite hold for all Heritage High School sports teams, as all extracurricular activities have been halted on order of the University Interscholastic League.
The UIL has prohibited all extracurricular activities through at least March 29, and it appears likely that the ban will be extended as the COVID-19 virus spreads. Midlothian ISD will continue to be closed for this week and next, and the district is moving toward online classes for the foreseeable future.
Heritage’s Class 4A No. 3-ranked girls’ soccer team and boys’ soccer team have both been on hiatus since March 9, when the Jaguars clinched their respective District 12-4A championships with victories over Alvarado. HHS has one game left in the regular season, followed by the playoffs, which are also on hold.
The HHS softball team has not played since last Tuesday, March 10, in a game against Glen Rose. The Jags had an open date last Friday, which was the day the UIL issued its ban. They were to play Mineral Wells in a home-and-home series this week.
The Jaguar baseball team last week was able to get in a couple of games in the Heritage baseball tournament on Thursday before weather interrupted Friday’s schedule, then the UIL’s order applied the coup de grace to the rest of the tournament.
In the first game of the tournament, the Jags picked up a 4-1 victory over Kennedale, scoring three runs in the first inning.
The Jags spread their offense around, with Sam Sinclair batting 2-for-3 with a double and five others collecting one hit. Blake Wilhoite, Roc Martinez, Harrison Hess and Austin Walts each drove in a run.
Kaden Sayles allowed one run on six hits in four innings to earn the victory on the mound, and Cade Sumbler closed out with two hitless innings of relief with three strikeouts for the save.
The three first-inning runs all came with two out as Martinez doubled home a run, Hess followed with an RBI single and Walts later walked with the bases loaded.
In the fourth inning, HHS made it 4-0 when Gabe Vazquez reached on an error and later scored on a Wilhoite line single to right.
In Thursday’s nightcap, though, the Jags surrendered seven runs to China Spring in the first two innings and went on to an 8-3 loss. HHS was held to five hits, including a two-run triple by Martinez, and committed a whopping seven errors. Only one of the Cougars’ eight total runs was an earned run.
The Jags scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth, which was the final inning because of a time limit. Following Martinez’s triple which scored Sumbler and Vazquez, Martinez scored on a wild pitch.
The Jags’ Friday game at Palmer is canceled, of course, as well as next week’s District 17-4A opening home-and-away series against Alvarado.