Panthers nudge pair of opponents
MHS grabs victories over Corsicana and University to improve postseason hopes
WACO — Last week was a good week for the Midlothian Panthers on the baseball diamond as they won two more games and capped it off with an 8-5 road victory over Waco University on Saturday afternoon, brightening their hopes for a postseason berth.
A rainout on Friday couldn’t dampen the Panthers as they took advantage of six Trojan errors and plated two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to give themselves a little bit of daylight.
Patrick Hudson led the way by batting 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Colton Silvers was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Kyzer Harrington and Lance Rains each scored two runs.
Starter Travis Klein pitched into the fifth inning before handing off to Colton Clawson, who closed out with 2 1/3 hitless frames for the save.
The Panthers scored in each of the first four innings to build a sizeable cushion, but University battled back to make it a 6-5 game after five. The score stayed that way until the seventh, when Harrington singled home a run and an error off the bat of Silvers scored another.
Because of the rainout, the Panthers were forced to call off a non-district game against Dallas Jesuit on Saturday.
The Panthers (11-12-1, 6-4) were able to cleanse their palate from the previous weekend’s disappointing loss to Red Oak by battling to a 5-3 win over Corsicana last Tuesday night at Ronnie Clanton Field. MHS scored three runs in the opening inning and held the upper hand the rest of the game.
Harrington was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored as the Panthers spread the offense around evenly. Rains wound up with a pair of RBI, while Nathan Humphreys added a double and three runs scored and Silvers chipped in with an RBI triple in the victory.
Caden Copeland held the Tigers to three runs on eight hit and struck out 12 in six innings of work. Jaylon Johnson tossed a hitless seventh to nail down the save.
The Panthers were scheduled to host Cleburne for a must-win game on Tuesday night. They draw the district bye this Friday and will host Fort Worth Trimble Tech on Saturday at noon before venturing to Joshua next Tuesday to end the regular season.