The Waxahachie High School junior varsity and varsity softball teams will open District 10-5A play at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield Summit High School's Lady Jaguar Field.
The varsity Lady Indians come into the game riding momentum from an 11-0 shutout win over county rival Ennis High School that was highlighted by a pair of triples and a two-run home run bomb. Mansfield Summit, though, returns home losers of their last two games — including Saturday's 7-0 loss to Corsicana High School.
During the doubleheader, Mansfield Summit allowed more than seven runs and was outscored 18-1. Pitchers Lauren Blue, Mackenzi Jones and Cheyenne Macias allowed 24 runs and committed 18 errors in the last three games.
The junior varsity team is undefeated at 5-0 and have outscored Mesquite Poteet, Corsicana, Duncanville, South Grand Prarie and Ennis High Schools 38-7. Two of the victories came via a 15-0 finish against Corsicana on Feb. 7 and a 7-3 win against Ennis on Wednesday.
Mackenzee “Leo” Goetz and Erin Deleon, Madison Armstrong and Hope David led them during the wins.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
With a win, Waxahachie would move into a tie for first place in the district and exact revenge for last season's district opening loss to the Lady Jaguars.
The two teams split high-scoring games in 2016. Mansfield Summit, which finished fifth in District 14-5A with a 7-8 record, beat the Lady Indians 15-13 on March 1. Waxahachie, which finished fourth with an 8-7 record and made the UIL postseason, beat the Lady Jaguars 16-13 in eight innings on March 29.
Waxahachie will face a battery of Ellis County teams during the next week and a half of district play. After facing either power pitcher Cheyenne Macias or Lauren Blue Tuesday night, they welcome Midlothian High School and resident power hitter Georgia Capell to Waxahachie on Friday at Lady Indian Field.
Head Coach Steve Howell and the Lady Indians will travel to Lady Hawk Field to take on Morgan Landes, Rickia Smith, Lacy Weaver and Red Oak High School next Tuesday.
Tickets, which are $3 for students and $5 for adults, will be available at the front gate ticket window at Lady Indian Field.