Waxahachie opened the Southlake Tournament with an impressive 1-0 win against Arlington as the Lady Indians lone run came in the top of the seventh inning.
Tori Banda struck out 10 batters and scattered three hits in a complete game shutout for Waxahachie.
The lone Arlington threat came in the fourth inning with one out, with runners on second and third. It was then that Banda buckled down to get back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
Dakota Flesher led off the seventh inning with a double into right center. The next hitter, Bradley Dawson, put down a well-placed bunt and was able to leg it out for a single and move Flesher to third.
Then with one out, Sam Martin hit a ground ball back to the pitcher and was able to score Flesher for the game’s only run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Banda got the cleanup hitter, who led off the inning, to fly out to center. The next hitter singled, before Banda struck out the next hitter and got the last out of the game on a ground ball back to her to end it.
The Indians managed four hits, as Monica Jaramillo was 1-for-3, Flesher was 1-for-2 with a double, Bradley Dawson 1-for-3, and Brenda Vitela 1-for-3.
In game two, the Lady Indians trailed Cedar Hill early but rallied back in style to win the game 13-3.
The Longhorns of Cedar Hill went up on Waxahachie early 3-0 before Waxahachie recorded one out.
Waxahachie starting pitcher Kate Martin hit the leadoff hitter, walked the second, and then the Indians misplayed a ball in the field to score one run, and put runners at second and third.
Cedar Hill’s next hitter singled home two more runs to make the score 3-0.
Waxahachie coach Jim Miller made a pitching change at that point bringing Banda back to the circle to snuff out the threat as she struck out the next three hitters.
Banda pitched the next four innings before giving way to Dakota Flesher who pitched the final two innings to preserve the victory.
Banda ended the game with six strikeouts in four innings of work and allowed no hits.
After falling behind by three runs the Indians answered with three of their own to tie the score heading into the second inning.
Monica Jaramillo led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk, before a single by Tiffany Haines (3-for-4) and Banda was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
With the bases juiced, Flesher doubled in two runs to cut the Longhorns’ lead to one, 3-2.
Dawson tied the score with a ground ball to the third baseman that was thrown away at first.
The Lady Indians never looked back as they scored in every inning after that to win 13-3. At the plate Banda was 3-for-3, Flesher was 3-for-4 while Jaramillo, Vitela and Sam Martin each had one hit.
Martin was 1-for-1 with two walks and got hit by pitch. Kaitlyn Obrien was 2-for-2 as the Lady Indians pounded out 15 hits.