RED OAK — Ten hits and a single error in seven innings of high school softball helped Waxahachie beat Ellis County rival Red Oak High School 6-2 Tuesday at Lady Hawk Field.
Seven of those hits came from the explosive bats of Kaylie Burdine, Addy Redd and Ariana Robles — who blasted a two-run home run 48 hours before during a loss to Mansfield Summit High School.
The (9-13, 3-5) Lady Indians split their last two games to Mansfield Lake Ridge and Summit High Schools and lost two of their last three.
While one-win Red Oak looked to right the ship and gained some growth with a young team, with rematches with District 10-5A No. 1 Mansfield Legacy and No. 2 Midlothian High Schools on the horizon, Waxahachie needed a jump-start to their district postseason hopes.
Taniece Tyson, who outdueled Lilly Graham, through the first two innings, nearly dashed the much-needed spark. She struck out one of the first 10 batters she faced and forced nine more out via groundouts, pop flys and double plays.
The usually steady Lilly Graham struggled through her three innings of work, striking out five batters and walking none but allowing two runs on five hits. Salinas, Waxahachie's ace, was peerless in four relief innings, striking out two and holding the Lady Hawks hitless and scoreless.
Though Tyson, Red Oak's starter, limited Waxahachie's lineup to no hits through two innings, the Lady Indians exploded for six runs between the third and seventh.
Redd, who finished 2-for-3 from the plate, sparked the Lady Indian run with a leadoff single and scored one of her two runs on a Chelsey Catlett line-drive sacrifice. Alexandria Rodriguez's leadoff double, Raegan Ferguson's reach of first base on one of Graham's two errors and a sacrifice fly gave Red Oak a one-run lead in the bottom of the third inning.
That's when Salinas' relief began and Red Oak's hits ended and when Burdine's bat made its presence known. After Waxahachie tied the game 2-2 courtesy of Burdine's first hit and Robles' RBI single, the Lady Indians took a permanent lead.
Burdine, a sophomore catcher, not only finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate. She also added one of the Lady Indians' five RBI via a fifth-inning single that scored Courtney Crownover.
And while a RBI single from Catlett and a RBI double from Robles pushed the game just out of Red Oak's reach, Salinas' right arm made sure the Lady Hawks couldn't get their hands out of their collective pockets.
Salinas induced back-to-back groundouts in two separate innings and grounded out 8 of the 10 batters she faced with two or fewer pitches during her four innings of work.
The others were three- and five-pitch strikeouts.
Red Oak's Rodriguez and Weaver earned two hits apiece during their respective three at-bats, but only Lilliana Gomez added another hit. Landes and Weaver drove in the Lady Hawks' two runs.
The other eight girls with at-bats finished 0-for-18 at the plate.
The Lady Hawks will look to pick up the second victory of their district when they face Mansfield Lake Ridge at 7 p.m. Friday at Lady Eagle Field. Waxahachie's Lady Indians will look to win back-to-back games for the first time since beating Frisco Heritage and Ennis High Schools on Feb. 24 and March 1 when they play home run hitter extraordinaire Georgia Capell and Midlothian High School at 7 p.m. at Lady Indian Field.
The Lady Panthers earned their seventh win of their district schedule after dispatching Mansfield Timberview High School 20-13 Tuesday — Midlothian's second 20-run finish in four games.
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