After frigid days like Monday, itís good to think about the upcoming warmth of spring.
With that warmth, will come the return of action to the Waxahachie softball complex.
Unfortunately for the Lady Indians this year, they wonít be playing much at their home park in 2014. Of 17 scheduled regular season games, only seven will be in Waxahachie. All of those games will be the district games.
The Lady Indians will also play in tournaments in Forney and Mesquite. Each of those events come with at least three more games away from home.
That means Waxahachie will play just seven of at least 26 games in front of its home crowd. The team will play two home scrimmages, but it will not go toward its record.
Waxahachie will host Mesquite Poteet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 for the first taste of game action for both teams. Poteet is a perennial playoff contender and the two teams played great games when they were in the same district two seasons ago.
The Lady Indians will also host Duncanville at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in a scrimmage. Waxahachie wonít play at home again until 7 p.m. Feb. 25 for the district-opener with rival Red Oak. It will be another two weeks before the team is home again for an afternoon clash with Lancaster during spring break. That means the Lady Indians will play just one time at home in the first month of the season and that month will include at least 12 games.
The first overall game of the regular season will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Arlington Martin. The 5A team will be a great opening test.
Waxahachie will be strong again this year, but will have one big pair of cleats to fill after graduating pitcher and clean-up hitter Brooke Goad. The team also graduated its first baseman and a pair of outfielders.
The team does bring back Ariel Ortiz, who will be a front-runner for district MVP this year. The Texas State-signee is one of the best power hitters and defensive players in the district. She will likely once again fill the three-hole in the line up and will shine defensively.
The likely opening night starter for the Lady Indians will be Miranda Herron. She pitched at times last year, but was an integral piece of the outfield. Her blazing speed and great glove will be basically eliminated with a move to the circle. She will still be a great table-setter for the rest of the offense behind her.
Herronís battery mate, Marissa Hooper will return along with her great ability to call a game and field her position behind the plate. She was one of the more clutch hitters for the team at times last season as well.
The other main bat for the team will be third baseman Cheyenne Fults. Her power was big for the team at the No. 5 spot in the order last year. She may move up to the four-hole.