A three-run rally in the seventh inning provided the Red Oak Lady Hawks with just enough offense to squeak by Waxahachie on the road Tuesday night.
Four consecutive Lady Hawks reached base in the final frame and three scored for the 5-2 Red Oak win.
Taniece Tyson led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run deep to center field. Her blast, which put Red Oak ahead 3-2, set the tone for the Lady Hawks in the half inning.
Lacy Weaver followed with a triple, Alex Rodriguez walked on four pitches and Raegan Ferguson brought them both home with a double to left field.
The two-bagger put the Lady Hawks up by the final, 5-2.
Hope David laced a one-out single through the middle of the infield in the bottom half of the seventh inning but was left stranded after Ferguson induced a pair of groundouts.
Ferguson picked up the complete-game win for the Lady Hawks in the circle. She struck out two, walked four, and allowed two earned runs on six hits.
Talia Salinas was charged with the hard-luck loss after she went six-plus strong innings. She struck out two, walked one and allowed five runs (three earned) on 12 hits.
Lillian Graham closed out the game for the Lady Indians, striking out one and allowing one hit in her lone inning of work.
Kaylie Burdine got the scoring started Tuesday night at Lady Indian Ballpark when she launched a solo home run to left-center field in the bottom of the second inning. Hannah Rash reached base via a walk two batters later and then scored on an Addy Redd double to left field for a 2-0 Lady Indian lead.
Red Oak tied the game in the top of the fourth inning after Rodriguez and Ferguson scored on a Waxahachie error and Mireya Colmenero double.
Red Oak improved to 8-6 on the season and 5-4 in District 10-5A. Waxahachie fell to 14-6-1 on the year and 7-2 in district action.
Both teams remain firmly in the playoff picture with five games to play. Waxahachie needs one win or a Mansfield Summit loss to clinch a berth, while Red Oak sits three games clear of fifth-place Summit.
Both teams return to action Friday with games times dependent on potential severe weather.
Waxahachie faces Midlothian at 5:30 p.m. in Midlothian. Red Oak is tentatively scheduled to host Lake Ridge at 7 p.m. in Red Oak.