MANSFIELD — Waxahachie High School fell to Mansfield Summit High School 7-3 during Tuesday night's district opener at Lady Jaguar Field, but it wasn't because of a lack of trying.
The (0-1) Lady Indians battled back from five-run lead to the close the gap by the time Addy Redd was at the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh and final inning.
Waxahachie, however, would have to weather the Lady Jaguars' storm of runs before it could conjure its own. They would also have to stage a comeback against Lauren Blue, one of the best 5A pitchers they'll see this season.
MANSFIELD'S HIT PARADE
Mansfield Summit used Blue, its staff ace, to shut Waxahachie out in the first five innings. She threw 131 pitches in seven innings, struck out five batters, walked four and committed one error. She also allowed 10 hits.
Back-to-back single and triple by Maddie Farrow and Mikalyn Greenzweig, though, helped push the score to 3-0 be the top of the second inning. The Lady Jaguars scored tallied two more in the second and third innings on the back of a Destiny Johnson double and Mia Greenzweig's run-scoring single as well as a first-pitch home run by Blue.
Blue, Farrow and Mikalyn all finished 2-for-3 at the plate and had a RBI each. Johnson, who also had two hits in three at-bats, was the fourth Lady Jaguar with multiple hits.
Powered by Chelsea Catlett's score on a wild pitch and Hannah Rash's two-out, line drive single to center that scored Sharrika Levingston, Waxahachie found its stride — both offensively and defensively.
Talia Salinas, who had given up five runs and allowed six hits before the fifth inning, sat down 8 of 11 batters in the fifth and sixth innings. She finished with 88 pitches in six innings and struck out five, allowed nine hits, walked none and committed five errors.
While Salinas steadied herself on the bump, Catlett, Levingston, Kameron Ryer and the other Lady Indians' hitters were busy driving Blue's ERA through the roof. Waxahachie used the majority of its 10 hits to scores four runs in three innings.
Catlett (2-for-4), Levingston (2-for-4), Redd (2-for-5) and Andi Wallace (2-for-4) combined for eight hits and were the only Lady Indians with more than one. Rash Wallace and Lacy Mott added the RBIs that drove in the four runs.
Waxahachie was poised to complete the rally and snuff out Mansfield Summit's hopes for a district-opening victory, though. In the top of the seventh, the Lady Indians began to break the will of Blue forcing her to give up a double to Wallace, walks to Salinas and Ariana Robles.
With the bases loaded and Mansfield Summit one out away from a win, the Lady Indians were left one hit shy of a win as Redd grounded into a fielder's choice.
Waxahachie will face Red Oak High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Lady Indian Field. The (0-1) Lady Hawks lost their district opener and fell 13-3 to Mansfield Timberview High School.
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