MANSFIELD — Waxahachie High School lost its third consecutive district softball game on Tuesday, falling to Mansfield Timberview High School 6-2 at Lady Wolf Field.
The (12-6, 1-3) Lady Indians also dropped the third straight contest they mounted a late rally. Despite struggling early and allowing five runs in the first inning, starting pitcher Talia Salinas settled and blanked Mansfield Timberview the next three and for the majority of the fourth.
Salinas finished the game with six strikeouts and five allowed hits on 104 pitches in six innings. Three of the five hits and five of the six runs came in the first inning.
The Lady Indians' bats, which sparked in the top of the third after Sharrika Levingston's 3-1 count single drove in Addy Redd and set up Ariana Robles' score on a wild pitch, went silent between the third and sixth innings.
Mansfield Timberview's Briana Perez held Waxahachie to seven hits and two runs on 114 pitches while striking out four batters and walking three.
The Lady Indians' six hits came from Redd (3-for-4), Robles (1-for-4), Chelsey Catlett (1-for-4) and Kaylie Burdine (1-for-3) in 30 total at-bats. Burdine and Redd, which accounted for four of the team's quality at-bats, both doubled.
Redd's double came in the top of the seventh, sparking a game-tying opportunity for Waxahachie. Robles reached first on an error and back-to-back Catlett and Levingston moved Robles into scoring position and Kameron Ryer's walk loaded the bases for Hannah Rash.
It was the third district game of the season the Lady Indians lost a game with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
Waxahachie's Quality At-Bat percentages finished at 42.4 with the help of Redd (3), Kameron Ryer (3), Robles (2), Levingston (2), Burdine, Salinas, Rash and Jasmine Sanchez.
With the loss, Waxahachie fell to sixth place tie with Red Oak High School in the 10-5A standings. The Lady Indians are behind Ellis County rival Midlothian and Mansfield Legacy, Lake Ridge, Summit and Timberview High Schools with two games remaining in the first round of the district standings.
The Lady Indians will look to snap their three-game slide when they travel to Lancaster High School to face the Lady Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday at Lady Tiger Field.
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