Swing and a Miss is the sixteenth episode of the eighth season of The Middle. It premiered on March 7, 2017.


Lexie spends spring break with the Hecks and confesses to Sue that she has a crush on Axl. Elsewhere, the quarry softball team is on a losing streak, so Mike hires Coach Tink Babbitt as a ringer. The team starts winning, but Tink takes over and benches Mike. Also, Nancy Donahue exclaims that Frankie must be very proud of one of her family member's achievements, but Frankie is clueless. Back at school after break, Sue accidentally tells Axl that Lexie likes him. Axl seeks out Lexie at a St. Patrick's Day party, but runs into Devin Levin instead.

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