WACO — Among the elite softball teams in District 8-5A there isn’t much room for a miscue here or there.

Midway (15-10, 7-0) scored one run in the first inning and that was the last time any player touched home plate as the Pantherettes slipped away with a 1-0 victory over Belton (13-10, 6-1) to take sole possession of first place.

It was every bit the pitchers’ duel between Midway’s Callie Guffey and Belton’s Sidney Holman that was expected. Guffey scattered five hits and struck out 14 batters, and freshman Holman yielded just two hits to go with eight strikeouts and four walks.

“We had an idea it would be a pitchers’ duel,” Belton coach Matt Blackburn said. “I can’t see how Sidney could have pitched any better. Sidney pitched well enough to win.”

The Lady Tigers might have hit well enough to win, but they simply didn’t get the one hit they needed with a few opportunities that came along.

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