WAXAHACHIE — The Lady Indians sealed their third consecutive win and kept their playoff hopes alive after beating Lancaster high school 15-0 Tuesday night at Lady Indian Field.
Before facing the Lady Tigers on Senior Night, Waxahachie (13-14, 7-6) was deadlocked with Mansfield Timberview and Summit High School. After the last pitch of Kameron Ryer's complete game no-hitter, though, it was a lot closer to a playoff berth than when it started.
While Ryer (1-2, 5.676 ERA) blanked Lancaster through three run-ruled innings, tossing five strikeouts and walking no batters and committing zero errors with 39 pitches, the Lady Indians turned eight hits into 10 runs in the first inning and another five in the third.
Three of those hits — two singles and a double — came courtesy of at-bats by Sharrika Levingston, her season-high five RBIs and a season-best .387 batting average, .483 on-base percentage and .573 slugging percentage slash line. It was also the second time this season and the first since her 3-for-4 performance against Midlothian on March 15 she earned three of more hits.
The remaining of the Lady Indians' five hits came from five different players.
Levingston led the Lady Indians with three hits in three plate appearances and Kaylie Burdine, Chelsea Catlett, Courtney Crownover and Ariana Robles each had a hit. Robles extended her hit streak to 11 games and Crownover has had hits in two consecutive games and seven in her last four games — including the towering home run that helped Waxahachie stride back into playoff contention.
Crownover also nabbed a pair of stolen bases, her second and third of the season.
Lancaster's pitchers and batters, though, didn't fair as well on the mound or at the plate. Head Coach Jour'Dan Gardner's Lady Tigers went hitless in 11 at-bats and logging only two quality at-bats during appearances by Ky'Anndria Jones and Melissa Lopez.
Lopez and De'Oshanae Ellis were only two Lady Tigers to reach base after reaching on errors in the third inning.
The win handed Waxahachie a must-win situation when they face Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at 7 p.m. during Friday's district finale at Lady Eagle Field.
The Lady Indians hold the district's No. 4 seed — sealed with Mansfield Summit's loss to Mansfield Legacy during Wednesday night's rescheduled game. Mansfield Summit's Lady Jaguars, though, swept Waxahachie in their district series.
A loss to Mansfield Lake Ridge and a win by Mansfield Summit against Mansfield Timberview would give the Lady Jaguars the last and final playoff spot. If Mansfield Summit upsets the district-leading Lady Broncos and either wins or loses against Mansfield Timberview to tie Waxahachie with a 7-7 district record, the Lady Jaguars will earn the playoff spot based on the Waxahachie-Mansfield Summit district series.
Mansfield Summit lost to Mansfield Legacy 6-0 on March 24.
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