With weather threatening to rain out the regularly scheduled Tuesday contest, Waxahachie and Mansfield Lake Ridge decided to sneak the district game in a day early.
Eleven innings later we had a winner. The Lady Indians slugged 17 hits and leaned on four shutout innings of relief by Lillian Graham for the 6-5 District 10-5A win.
Though Graham (4IP, 6K, BB, H) picked up the win in the circle, Talia Salinas battled through seven strong innings before handing off the batton. Salinas allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks. She also struck out three.
Waxahachie is now 13-5-1 on the season and 6-1 in District 10-5A.
Lake Ridge opened the scoring Monday night after a leadoff single in the first inning and a Lady Indian error.
Kameron Ryer (3-6, R) then laced a one-out triple to center field for the Lady Indians and scored one batter later on an Addy Redd bunt down the third baseline. Redd scored on a Sharrika Levingston (4-6, 2 2B, RBI, R) double for a 2-1 Lady Indian lead.
Both teams scratched a run in the fourth inning and the one-run Waxahachie lead held into the top of the seventh inning.
Levingston hit a one-out single and Kaylie Burdine (4-6, 2 2B) then laced a two-out double to deep left-center field. Both Lady Indians scored when Ariana Robles (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2BB) followed Burdine's lead with a two-run double to centerfield.
The 5-2 Waxahachie lead was short-lived.
Lake Ridge sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run home run. A hit batter followed by a walk and a double plated the tying run (5-5) before Salinas induced a ground ball to second base with the bases full of Lady Eagles for the final out of the seventh inning.
The two teams played the next three extra innings fairly clean.
That was, until, Hope David led off the top of the 11th inning with a single back through the circle. She moved to second on a Levingston single and then to third when Robles walked on five pitches.
On the sixth pitch of her at-bat, Hannah Rash (2-5, RBI) delivered the eventual game-winner when she singled to right field.
Graham struck out the Lake Ridge side in the bottom of the eleventh and stranded a Lady Eagle at third in the process for the 6-5 Waxahachie win.
The Lady Indians begin the second round of the district schedule — due to recent rains — at 7 p.m. Friday in Mansfield against Summit, who they defeated 6-1 the first time.