WAXAHACHIE — In the bottom of the first inning, Chelsey Catlett launched Jaycee Cook's first-pitch fastball over the left-center field fence and brought her team within a single run of beating the first place Lady Broncos.
Her booming home run bomb, however, was the loudest crack of the bat they had in seven innings.
Waxahachie High School lost its second consecutive softball game in two days after falling 11-2 to district undefeated Mansfield Legacy High School on Wednesday at Lady Indian Field.
The (5-7-1, 1-3) Lady Indians, which fell to sixth place in District 10-5A, got six total hits from Catlett, Hannah Rash, Addy Redd, Ariana Robles and Talia Salinas in 28 at-bats. Despite the margin of loss, nineteen of the 28 registered as quality plate appearances.
Quality at-bats are logged when a batter forces the opposing pitcher to throw three pitches after two strikes, forces six-plus pitch at-bats or logs a base hit, walk or sacrifice bunt or fly. Andi Wallace, who forced Cook to throw eight pitches in a single at-bat and drew a second-inning walk, earned one.
Her successful plate appearance came minutes before Cook's curveball hit Jasmine Sanchez and loaded the bases for the Lady Indians — the first of the three chances Waxahachie had to shake the Lady Broncos' power arm and erase a Meagan Dake two-run home run in the first inning and a Cook sacrifice fly in the second.
Clearing the bases and driving home Wallace and Sanchez would have dwindled Mansfield Legacy's lead to a mere one run.
Unfortunately for Waxahachie, its bats fell silent for four innings and Mansfield Legacy's awoke. While Catlett powered the Lady Indians in the first, Brittany Munoz and Courtney Taylor did the same for the Lady Broncos between the second and seventh innings.
Taylor drove in Gabby Arguijo and Sam Jones on a second-inning double and Munoz homered off Lilly Graham in the top of the fourth.
Waxahachie used three pitchers — Kameron Ryer, Lilly Graham and Talia Salinas — that struck out six batters but allowed 11 runs on 11 hits, walked seven and committed eight errors in seven innings.
Mansfield Legacy used only one.
Cook, who pitched her first complete game of the district schedule, struck out six, walked two, committed two errors and allowed six hits in 112 pitches. She also reached base on one of her two plate appearances.
The Lady Indians' third and final opportunity came in the seventh when they loaded the bases again after Catlett, Redd and Robles hit back-to-back-to-back two-out singles on line drives into center field. Completing the rally would have given Waxahachie High School six runs against a Mansfield Legacy team that reached the 2016 UIL 5A regional semifinal.
The total also would have been four more runs than any district team has scored against the Lady Broncos — including second place Midlothian High School.
Waxahachie will look to rebound from the two-game slide when they face Mansfield Timberview High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lady Wolf Field. The (4-12-2, 2-2) Lady Wolves crushed Lancaster High School 19-3 Wednesday night behind the power of a double by Briana Perez, triples by Maddie Munoz and Chelsey Luddeke and home runs by Lyndsey Picazo and Ala Rosalez.
With a win, the Lady Indians can slowly climb toward the middle of the 10-5A standings with games against Lancaster and Mansfield Lake Ridge and a rematch with Mansfield Summit on the horizon. The Lady Tigers have allowed 74 runs in four district games, Midlothian beat the Eagles 14-7 and Waxahachie was a seventh inning home run away from topping the Lady Jaguars in its district opener.
Marcus S. Marion can be reached for story idea submissions or concerns at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter at @MarcusMarionWNI.