Waxahachie led 4-2 through the first four and a half innings Thursday opening the Red Oak Home Run Junior Varsity Tournament against Midlothian before the Panthers struck for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to win the game 7-4.

The loss was the first of the season for the Waxahachie JV as the team started the year with a nine-game winning streak.

“Kolten Smith started the game on the mound and threw a great game until he got into a little trouble in the fifth inning,” Waxahachie coach Jake Frias said. “We struggled to string together hits and put runs on the board and Midlothian just hit the ball very well. After the game the boys were upset about the loss, we didn’t play as well as we could have and have yet to really swing the bat the way we are capable of doing it. Once we start squaring up balls the way we are capable of and pitch and play defense the way we have, we will be a tough team to do that. Right now we are just going to take it one game at a time and get better every at bat, every pitch.”

Hayden Howell was 1-for-2 with a double and a RBI for the Indians while Blake Gonzales was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Waxahachie had six hits in the game with Midlothian picking up nine.

The loss to Midlothian was tough for the Indians as they defeated the Panthers 8-7 last weekend in the final game of the Ennis tournament.

In the game at Ennis, Marshal Herron started out on the mound and pitched four innings giving up three runs.

Jamie Ortiz and Howell came in in relief and combined to give up four runs.

Going into the bottom of the seventh inning Midlothian was up 7-3 and with one out Midlothian walked the bases loaded.

Nick Garvin came up to bat and hit a base clearing double to pull Waxahachie within one run. With two outs Dillion Yates hit a single up the middle to tie the game and forced extra innings. In the bottom of the ninth, Blake Gonzales scored on a past ball to win the game 8-7.

With that win Waxahachie won its second consecutive tournament in Ennis. Leading hitter was Garvin as went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI.

All-tournament honors were given to Smith, Yates and Garvin.

The Indians played Joshua Friday and Ennis Saturday in the Red Oak tournament and will return to district action Wednesday with a noon game in Red Oak.