The Midlothian Lady Panthers won their final three games to catapult from fourth to second place in the final District 14-5A standings.
Midlothian picked up wins against Ennis (12-0), Corsicana (10-1) and then Red Oak (10-8) to finish the regular season as hot as any team in the district. The Lady Panthers have also won five of their last six ball games.
The regular season-finale Thursday saw the Lady Panthers score five unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings for a 10-8 come-from-behind victory against Red Oak. The Lady Hawks had previously defeated Midlothian, 7-6, in Red Oak.
The victory was also the second in as many games for the Lady Panthers at their newly opened home field.
Midlothian jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by a two-run single off of the bat of Emily Singleton.
Red Oak then added five runs in the top of the third and two in the top of the fourth for a 7-3 advantage. By the time the Lady Panthers returned to the dugout in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady Hawks had an 8-5 lead.
Sierra Milhalov then tied the game at eight-all with a three-run home run to left field. The round-tripper was the first-ever home run at the newly opened Lady Panthers field.
Kaylie Hoggatt followed with a triple to right field and scored two batters later on a Tori Cantu sacrifice bunt to put Midlothian ahead, 9-8.
Kaylee Hlavaty singled home Riley Crawford in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap the scoring and put the Lady Panthers up for good, 10-8.
Kristalyn Brown tossed the first four innings for the Lady Panthers inside the circle. She allowed seven runs (all earned) on nine hits and two walks. Hannah King earned the win after she allowed just one unearned run on three hits and struck out six Red Oak batters.
Raegan Ferguson took the loss for Red Oak. She allowed nine runs (eight earned) over five innings. She also struck out six and walked six.
The victory improved the Lady Panthers to 16-7 on the season and 8-4 in district play.
Having earned the second seed in District 14-5A with the victory, Midlothian will face (13-15-1, 8-4) Mesquite Poteet, the third seed from 13-5A, in the 5A Region II bi-district championship this week.
Game one is at 5 p.m. Thursday at Mansfield Timberview High School, with game two to follow 30 minutes after the final out is recorded. Game three, if necessary, is slated for 7 p.m. Friday at Timberview.