WAXAHACHIE - As far as the District 15-4A race goes, the Midlothian Lady Panthers placed at least second in a seeding game that began on Monday, April 21 at Waxahachie High School.
By defeating the Red Oak Lady Hawks, 3-0, in a third-place seeding game, Midlothian automatically played Waxahachie to determine which team comes out of the district with the top seed.
The “mini tournament” was decided after athletic directors from each school district had a meeting on April 17.
Since Waxahachie won the coin flip, it qualified to play in the first-place game a day later.
As far as the game was concerned, Midlothian’s Brittany Carruthers scored a two-run homer off pitcher Shelby Hall in the first inning.
Lindsay Fallen had gotten on base with a right field single and was able to score a run on Carruthers’ blast to center field.
Fallen scored again in the fifth when Carruthers again came through at the plate, this time with a shallow hit to left field.
“Coach has put pressure on me to perform but I also put pressure on myself to do well,” Carruthers said. “There’s no other place I would rather be than to be expected to come through for my team.”
Carruthers went 3-for-3, earning just under half of the Lady Panthers’ seven hits.
On the flip side, there was really nothing the Lady Hawks were able to do to solve the pitching of Fallen.
She struck out eight Red Oak batters and gave up two hits.
Red Oak had a chance to score in the top half of the seventh inning with bases loaded but the Lady Hawks hit into two consecutive fielder’s choices.
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