Sophomore short stop Summer Davila drove in four runs, stole a base and was 4-for-4 at the plate as the Waxahachie Lady Indians run-ruled Arlington Heights 17-7 in the third game of the Mary Jane Eubank Memorial Softball Tournament Friday.
In the first of two games Friday the Waxahachie bats were hot as the pitching arm of senior Lauren Johnson held Arlington Heights at bay.
Waxahachie scored at least one run in every inning after Heights took a 1-0 lead in the first off a couple of passed balls and a sacrifice fly.
Sophomore Taylor Engel singled to center to start the bottom of the first before advancing to second on a passed ball. Engel stole third and scored on a passed ball to tie the game at one.
Arlington Heights was shut down in the second and the Waxahachie offense came up looking to strike.
Waxahachie batted around in the inning as sophomore Sam Castillo got things started with one away.
Castillo singled to left but advanced to third on a fielding error. A sacrifice bunt off the bat of freshman catcher Marissa Hooper gave Waxahachie a 2-1 lead with two outs.
Back to the top of the lineup the Lady Indians kept fighting with two away.
Freshman Ariel Ortiz singled to center and stole second before scoring off an error by the Arlington Heights center fielder on a line drive off the bat of Engel.
Sophomore Brooke Goad compounded the Heights mistake as she crushed the ball well over 220-feet to right-center field to give Waxahachie a 5-1 lead.
Davila doubled off the fence and scored after two passed balls to put Waxahachie up by five, 6-1.
Senior Tori Kvapil doubled to center before Katelyn O’Brien walked bringing Johnson to the plate.
The senior pitcher helped her own cause with a RBI single to left to push across the sixth run of the inning.
Back in the circle Johnson retired Heights in order and the Waxahachie offense went back to work in the bottom of the third.
Hooper reached on an error before a triple off the bat of Ortiz drove across the eighth run of the game for Waxahachie. Oritz scored on a single to left by Engel.
With the outfielder playing deep after her last at bat, Goad blooped a singled into center to put two on with one away in the third.
Engel and Goad pulled off a double steal before Engel scored on a passed ball. Davila singled to center to drive across Goad before advancing to second on a passed ball and then stealing third.
Kvapil laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Davila as Waxahachie took a 12-1 lead after three.
Heights fired back in the top of the fourth with two runs on four hits before the Waxahachie offense scored five in the bottom half of the inning and declined its final out to see more time in the field as the game ws reaching its time limit.
Waxahachie’s first two batters of the fourth reached on errors before Oritz singled to load the bases. Engel drove in the run on a fielder’s choice and no out was recorded on the play as the throw home sailed over the catcher’s head.
Rebecca Pevehouse drove in a run with a grounder to short before Davila drove in two with a triple that bounced off the yellow railing on the center field wall.
Another sacrifice bunt by Kvapil scored Davila before Waxahachie head coach Steve Howell called the inning after a single by Bree Lawrence.
Heights tried to rally in the fifth scoring four runs on two hits but Waxahachie worked out of a jam to seal the win.
Waxahachie out hit Arlington Heights 15-6 as Goad, Engel, Davila and Ortiz had multi-hit games.
Johnson picked up her first win of the season with five innings of work. She struck out one and walked four. Engel drove in three runs while Goad and Kvapil drove in two each.