Wayland’s heroics save Lady Panthers

If this was Delaney Wayland’s entrance to the varsity playoffs, her encore performance should be pretty epic.

Wayland, a freshman on the Midlothian roster, launched a ball deep into the outfield in Friday’s bi-district opener against Richland that allowed her to race around the bases for an inside-the-park home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and help the Lady Panthers win 3-2.

Wayland’s hit was one of just two for Midlothian (22-7) on the night with senior Reagan Luedtke’s triple being the other. That shot and three Richland errors helped plate the team’s other two runs that set up the dramatic finish.

Midlothian senior pitcher Megan Spence picked up the win while holding Richland to eight hits on the night. The best-of-three series moved to Richland for a game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

If the Lady Panthers win, they’ll advance to the area round of the playoffs to face the winner of Keller and Flower Mound. Details of that game will be Monday’s edition of the Daily Light.

Panthers run-ruled but gets reprieve

Just when the Midlothian baseball team thought it was out of the playoff picture the door stayed ajar just a tad longer as the Panthers will get one final shot to crack the top four teams from District 5-5A.

On Friday, Midlothian (13-14-1) dropped an 11-1 game at Mansfield via the run rule putting the program’s playoff hopes on life support. The team got a second shot when South Grand Prairie defeated Grand Prairie to tie two teams in district with 7-7 records and setting up a play-in game for the No. 4 slot in district. That game was slated to take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Duncanville. Details of that game will be Monday’s edition of the Daily Light.

Against Mansfield, Brad Younts took the loss as the Tiger bats came up with 10 hits including three for extra bases. Alec Humphreys and Bryan DuPont each had doubles on the night.

Softball playoffs

Other area teams in the softball playoffs include Ovilla Christian, Ennis, Waxahachie, Palmer, Maypearl and Waxahachie Faith Family Academy.