Clayton Solomon tossed a three-hit complete-game shutout to lead the Palmer Bulldogs into round two of the 3A baseball playoffs.
Behind the stellar performance, the Bulldogs plated nine runs to defeat Mineola at Royse City High School on Friday.
Solomon struck out eight, walked two and scattered three hits in the winning effort. He also recorded the only the lone Palmer extra-base hit — a run-scoring double.
The Bulldogs plated four runs in the first inning — kickstarted by a two-run single off of the bat of Wesley Greenlee — and then tacked on two in the second, two in the fifth and one in the seventh on six hits.
Greenlee finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Adrian Cisneros and Jeremy Robinson also drove in runs for the Bulldogs.
Palmer improved to 18-6-2 on the season with the bi-district championship win.
That record also includes a tie with Grandview (1-1) and loss to Malakoff (4-2) in a Saturday playoff-warmup doubleheader.
The Bulldogs ended the regular season on an 11-game winning streak, with their last loss coming March 14 in a midweek doubleheader against Midlothian Heritage.
Of course, Palmer also won its first district championship — in undefeated fashion, nonetheless — since 2014.
This marks the third year for head coach Joe Robinson to serve as the Bulldogs skipper. Palmer finished the 2018 season with a 13-13-2 record after falling in the bi-district round to state-ranked Edgewood.
The Bulldogs will face (22-7) Gunter in a best-of-three area championship series beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Irving High School. Game two is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, while game three, if necessary, is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday.