Lady Panthers entertain youth with 'W'

Playoff-bound MHS handles Class 6A Bryan in home finale

Mirror report
Midlothian varsity softball players stand with youth ball players for the national anthem before Saturday afternoon's non-district game against Bryan.

The playoff-bound Midlothian Lady Panthers made the most out of their break from District 14-5A play and thrilled a bunch of youngsters at the same time, as they held on for a 4-2 non-district victory over Class 6A Bryan in the final regular-season home game of the year at the MHS softball diamond on Saturday afternoon.

The game was Future Prospects Day for the Lady Panthers, and youth softball players took advantage of an opportunity to run the bases and get autographs and photos with varsity softball players on the field.

The Lady Panthers took an early 1-0 lead before opening up some breathing room with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Those runs were important as Bryan answered with two runs in the top of the sixth.

Bailey Hughes was 2-for-3 with a solo homer, and Meagan Hall and Hannah King had the only other hits for MHS (15-6-1, 8-3). The hit by King, however, was a big one as she knocked in a pair.

King also pitched the full seven innings for the win, allowing one earned run on six hits and striking out five.

MHS took a 1-0 edge in the first inning as Riley Crawford hit into an error at shortstop, allowing Hall to score from third. Hughes led off the fifth with her homer to left, then the Lady Panthers started a two-out rally capped by King’s two-run single, scoring both Crawford and Kylie Hoggatt.

Last Tuesday, King tossed a five-inning two-hit shutout as the Lady Panthers run-ruled visiting Cleburne, 10-0. King struck out seven and walked one.

The Lady Panthers jumped on Cleburne for six runs in the first inning, highlighted by Hoggatt’s two-run double followed by Jessica Merk’s two-run homer to left. MHS ended the game on the mercy rule in the fifth on Rylan McFalls’ bases-clearing double, her second two-bagger of the night.

McFalls finished 2-for-2 with a walk three RBI batting in the nine-hole for the Lady Panthers. Merk and Hoggatt each added a pair of RBI and Merk, Briley Blackmon and Farryn Aday each scored two runs.

The Lady Panthers had an open date on Tuesday. They will close out the regular season on Friday at Joshua, then will prepare for the bi-district round of the playoffs next week.