The Midlothian Panthers junior varsity baseball team's five first-inning runs built an early lead that helped the team bring home a 5-2 win over South Grand Prairie on Monday at home.
Midlothian scored in the first inning off of a wild Warriors' pitch, an RBI single by Rob McKelvey, an RBI single by Quinn Hallmark, a walk by Jonathan Little, and an error. McKelvey had a hot bat for the Midlothian Panthers after going two-for-three at the plate for Midlothian, while driving in one run and also scoring one run.
Pitcher Drake Wayland was credited with the win for the after taking the mound for the Panthers. Wayland allowed one run over four innings, struck out five Warriors' batters, walked two and surrendered two hits.
After pushing across one run in the top of the fourth, South Grand Prairie faced a 5-1 deficit. A sacrifice fly by the Warriors' Clayton Roop triggered South Grand Prairie's would-be comeback. Midlothian stopped the rally after Wayland forced a ground-out on the Warriors.
One run in the top of the fifth inning helped South Grand Prairie cut the Panthers' four-run lead to three (5-3). An RBI single set off South Grand Prairie's scoring rally. The Warriors' potential comeback win win came to an end when Raby Hampton forced another ground out on the Warriors.