Ten hits and a stellar outing by Talia Salinas in the circle lifted the Waxahachie Lady Indians to a third-consecutive district win Tuesday afternoon.
Salinas tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout against visiting Midlothian and saw three Lady Indians drive in runs during the 4-0 victory.
Following the win that improved Waxahachie to 11-4-1 on the season and 3-0 in District 10-5A, head softball coach Steve Howell said Salinas did a good job of keeping the Lady Panther hitters off balance all afternoon.
Salinas scattered the four hits across her seven innings of work and stuck out eight while issuing just one walk.
"I thought we played great defensively and thought [Salinas] was really good. She kept them off-balance, and we made a lot of big catches," Howell said. "We just kind of chipped away hitting and hit the ball decent but not as good as I would hope we hit. We always hope for a little bit better but we scored enough runs to win, and that is the big thing. I’m happy with our 3-0 start to the district."
After Salinas sat down the Midlothian side in order in the top of the first inning, Kameron Ryer got the Lady Indian offense going with a double to right-center field in the bottom half of the inning. She scored two batters later when Hope David hit a sacrifice fly to center.
Salinas helped her own cause in the fourth inning, reaching and scoring on a pair of Midlothian errors.
Waxahachie then tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kaylie Burdine and Ariana Robles laced back-to-back doubles into the outfield grass to start the frame. Ryer drove Robles home with her single up the middle three batters later for the fourth and final Waxahachie run.
In addition to the offense, Howell said "I thought Sharrika Levingston played a great game at third base. Courtney Crownover made a great play on a ball going away from her, too. […] But I thought Sherrika had a heck of a defensive game at third base with a lot of big plays. She had the golden glove today."
Midlothian received offensive contributions from Alexis Perez, Madison Morrow, Tatum Sorrels and Megan Martens. The Lady Panthers face Mansfield Lake Ridge at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Midlothian. Midlothian is now 7-8 on the season and 1-2 in district action.
Due to spring break, the Lady Indians will also have a quick turnaround, as they travel to Mansfield on Wednesday to face the Legacy Lady Broncos. First pitch is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. but will follow shortly after the junior varsity contest at noon.
“We are just taking it one game at a time," Howell added.
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.