Midlothian pitcher loses no-hitter, but team gets key win over Duncanville

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DUNCANVILLE — Seeking separation midway though the District 7-5A race, Midlothian coach Ray Hydes handed the ball to Jimmy Fouse.

The junior right-hander took care of the rest, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings as Midlothian beat Duncanville, 7-0, Tuesday night at Panther Field.

Midlothian, Duncanville and Mansfield came into the game in a three-way tie for the 7-5A lead with 5-1 records.

Fouse struck out 10 but lost his no-hitter with two out in the sixth when Duncanville junior shortstop Blake Dial doubled off the right field wall on a 3-2 pitch.

“I was getting up in my pitch count, and I didn’t want to walk him,’’ said Fouse (4-0), who threw 101 pitches. “He hit a curve that hung a little.’’

Fouse, the starting quarterback on the school’s football team, is coming off a broken foot that sidelined him for most of the fall.

Midlothian (19-3, 6-1 in 7-5A), No. 9 in SportsDay’s Class 5A area ranking, gave its pitcher an early cushion.

Some efficient two-strike hitting allowed Midlothian to grab a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning off Duncanville starter Tanner Holt. Matt Heck’s single made it 1-0, and Matt Horn followed with a two-run double over the head of center fielder Osvaldo Salinas. Blake Barr’s fly ball to deep left fell for an RBI double.

Duncanville (8-9-1, 5-2) maintains solid playoff hopes remain solid despite suffering two consecutive losses.

Reliever Francisco Sauceda kept Duncanville within reach after coming on in the second inning. The junior allowed only two hits and two runs in 41/3 innings.

Midlothian’s first run off Sauceda was unearned. Sophomore catcher Zach Humphreys tripled with two outs in the fourth and scored the fifth run on a misplayed grounder.

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