Instead of a “mini tournament,” as school district officials called it when they decided to have softball seeding games, the players have called it something completely different, “revenge.”
Midlothian gained revenge for having been defeated by the Red Oak Lady Hawks earlier this season.
But now that the Lady Panthers have defeated Red Oak twice in three games, maybe a fourth match wouldn’t be so good should the two meet in the playoffs.
But before that can happen there’s a matter of a first-place seeding game in District 15-4A that still has to be played out between Midlothian and Waxahachie.
Appropriately enough, the game is scheduled to be played at Red Oak High School, because the Lady Hawks lost their third-place seeding game, 3-0, to Midlothian Monday night.
Game time is 7 p.m. Tuesday.
By defeating Red Oak, Midlothian automatically plays Waxahachie to determine which team comes out first in district and more importantly with a first-round bye.
Since Waxahachie won the coin flip at a meeting between athletic directors on April 17, it only has to play one game.
Lady Indians coach Joni Vaughan, with her newborn in hand, watched the game.
She had the opportunity of seeing Midlothian’s Brittany Carruthers score a two-run homer off Red Oak pitcher Shelby Hall in the first inning.
Lindsay Fallen had gotten on base with a right field single and was able to score a run on Carruthers’ blast to center field.
Fallen scored again in the fifth when Carruthers again came through at the plate, this time with a shallow hit to left field.
“Coach has put pressure on me to perform but I also put pressure on myself to do well,” Carruthers said. “There’s no other place I would rather be than to be expected to come through for my team.”
Carruthers went 3-for-3, earning just under half of the Lady Panthers’ seven hits.
On the flip side, there was really nothing the Lady Hawks were able to do to solve whatever Fallen was throwing their way.
She struck out eight Red Oak batters and gave up two hits.
Red Oak had a chance to score in the top half of the seventh inning with bases loaded but the Lady Hawks hit into two consecutive fielder’s choices.
“It’s like I have always told the girls, you can’t count any team out in this district because it is so tough,” Midlothian coach Jennifer McFalls said.
Now comes the opportunity the Lady Panthers have been waiting for.
They will meet in a rubber match with the two splitting a game each during the season.
Midlothian defeated Waxahachie 6-5 in their first game and then the Lady Indians beat Midlothian, 4-3.
“We want revenge for what they did to us in the last game; we’re going to be really pumped up for this game,” Carruthers said.
By placing third, Red Oak now faces Brownwood in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Coach Johnny Jones met with Brownwood coaches and have agreed to play in a three-game series.
Tentatively, the first game is scheduled Friday at the Waco ISD Sports Complex, beginning at 7 p.m.
The second game is scheduled in the same facility at 3 p.m. If neccessary, the third game would be played 30 minutes at the conslusion of the second game.
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