Control of the top spot in District 17-4A was on the line Tuesday evening in Midlothian. For six and a half innings, it looked as though Hillsboro would head home with a chance to clinch the district crown, too.
Midlothian Heritage had other plans — like those of the walk-off variety.
Heritage entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing, 1-0, after a Caeden Trenkle RBI double in the top of the fifth inning.
Cade Sumbler (2-for-4) singled home Harrison Hess for the first run in the seventh-inning comeback, which set the stage for Colin Coppock to score the winning run on a passed ball a few pitches later for the 2-1 walk-off win.
The Jaguars had been down to their final out.
Both teams received quality pitching on the bump Tuesday, as the two offenses combined for 12 hits.
Jared Boisvert picked up the win for the Jaguars after tossing two innings of one-hit baseball. He stuck out six and walked two in relief of starting pitcher Bryce Fuller.
Fuller allowed the one earned run, scattered six hits and struck out six Eagles.
Trenkle took the loss. He allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit and walked two after taking the ball in the bottom of the seventh inning in relief of Spencer Garcia.
Garcia did not allow a run and scattered four hits while striking out six and walking three.
Hillsboro entered the gates at Midlothian Heritage without a loss in District 17-4A. They left tied atop the district standings with (20-4, 8-1) Heritage.
The Jaguars can win the district title outright with a victory Thursday in the two-game series finale. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Hillsboro.
Alvarado is currently third in the standings with a 5-4 mark in 17-4A, while Life Waxahachie is fourth at 4-5.
All four teams have already clinched a postseason berth.
Ferris and Venus round out the district standings with 1-8 records.