An age-old adage most coaches swear by is that it is always harder to beat a team for the third time.
Waxahachie’s softball team will be looking to buck that trend at 7 p.m. tonight when it plays Arlington Seguin in a regional quarterfinal game at South Grand Prairie High School.
The Lady Indians already own wins of 7-3 and 17-1 over the Lady Cougars during district action.
“Beating them twice doesn’t mean anything now, that’s in the past,” head coach Joni Vaughan said. “Seguin has a really good team and in a one-game series anything can happen.
We’ve got to come out, play hard and jump on them early. “It’s an even playing field with Seguin. We’ve seen each other so much there isn’t a lot we don’t know about each other.”
Seguin has been on quite a roll since the Lady Indians’ 16-run route. The Lady Cougars ended the regular season with a 15-0 win over Lancaster and have playoffs wins over Brownwood (3-1) and Dallas Samuell (18-0).
“They rely on their pitcher quite a bit and she does a good of keeping hitters off balance,” Vaughan said. “They play pretty good defense at times, but it’s just a matter of catching up to their pitcher.”
Waxahachie has been on quite a roll of its own, winning nine straight games while allowing just 11 runs in that same stretch — seven of which came in a 9-7 win over Midlothian. Despite the convincing wins over Seguin during district, Vaughan has not had much trouble keeping her team focused.
“We keep talking about it being a new day and a new game,” she said. “Last time we scored some runs early and they had a mental breakdown.
“Plus, it helps that I keep reminding them that if we lose we start off-season on Friday — they don’t want that.”
Last week’s 10-0 win over Woodrow Wilson helped the Lady Indians’ confidence after losing in the first round last year. Vaughan believes the win did away with the sour taste several players still felt from last season.
“We had a sour taste in our mouth and now we see how fun and exciting it is to win and continue on in the playoffs,” she said.