The Midlothian Panthers (17-7) steamrolled over the Woodrow Wilson Wildcats (14-11) by the score of 10-0 in a run-rule shortened contest at Waxahachie’s historic Richards Park Friday night.
The Panthers were in total control of the game scoring three runs in the first and another three in the second to go on cruise control for the five inning win.
“We wanted to go out and make a statement early,” Midlothian coach Ray Hydes said. “We wanted to jump on them early and put up some runs. That is what we did.”
Waynne Warren took the win on the mound for Midlothian with a sterling no-hit four inning performance.
Justin Godwin came into the game in the fifth inning to preserve the no-hit shutout. A. J. Spinazzola took the loss on the mound for Woodrow Wilson.
Midlothian began the game with a one out single by shortstop Jerrod Spillers followed by a single from designated hitter Chase Watts. Ryan McElhaney drew a walk to load the bases.
McElhaney was forced out at second base on a ground ball by Jarred Barr that brought Spillers across the plate to open the scoring.
An error on the throw to home allowed Watts to score as well. Barr moved to second on the error.
Cody Neef then laced a single to score Barr giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead.
Warren was masterful after walking the Wildcat leadoff hitter.
Sam Bohmfalk hit a line drive to right field where Truett Teague raced to his right to make a sliding catch. Teague then fired the ball to first in time to double off the Wildcat baserunner.
Catcher Daniel Donagan slammed a line drive to left. Nathan Wolf made the defensive play of the game going hard to his right and making the diving catch to retire the side.
The second inning was more of the same as Midlothian put up three more runs.
Warren reached on an error when the Wilson first baseman committed his first of five errors in the game.
Jerol Robertson came in as a courtesy runner for Warren. Justin Jobe lined a shot to right field to perfectly execute the hit-and-run with Robertson easily scoring all the way from first.
Jobe took second on the throw to the plate. Wolf singled to center for a RBI while Spillers moved to third and scored on a sacrifice fly to deep center field by Watts.
Warren then struck out two of the three Wildcat batters he faced in the bottom of the second to send the Panther offense back to the plate with a 6-0 lead.
For the only time in the game Midlothian would not score as only one batter reached base in the top of the third. Warren struck out all three batters he faced in the Wilson half of the inning.
Jobe led off the top of the fourth by reaching on another dropped ball by the Wilson first sacker. He then moved to third on a single by Wolf. A throwing error by the right fielder allowed Jobe to score and Wolf to move to second on the play. With Spillers at bat, Wolf stole third and then scored when Spillers ground out to second base.
Warren momentarily lost focus as he hit the first two batters that he faced in the bottom of the fourth. A balk moved both runners into scoring position as the Wildcat fans began to make some noise. Warren struck out Donagan and retired Scott Bevel on a pop up to short. He then struck out Rhodes Coffee to end the inning.
Wilson brought in hard throwing Hazziel Contino to start the fifth inning. Contino watched his first pitch sail off Cody Neef’s bat to land in the trees beyond the left field fence for a solo home run. Then with two outs, Jobe took first after being struck by a pitch. He then scored when Wolf hit a ball to third. The Wilson first baseman missed the throw for a three base error to score Jobe all the way from first.
Warren gave way to Justin Godwin in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jordan Pleasants reached first on a Panther throwing error but was unable to move any farther along the base path as Godwin got Spinazzola to pop up weakly to short and then struck out the remaining two batters to complete the game.
Midlothian will move on to play Brownwood in the Region II quarterfinals at Weatherford College. Game one will be held
at 7:30 on Friday night. Game two will be 1 p.m. on Saturday with game three, if necessary, 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.
Midlothian 10, Woodrow Wilson 0
Midlothian 330 22 — 10 7 1
Wilson 000 00 — 0 0 7
WP — Waynne Warren. LP — A.J. Spinazzola. HR — M: Cody Neef.
Records — Midlothian 17-7; Woodrow Wilson 14-11.