Waxahachie took a 5-4 on No. 8 Forney in the bottom of the fourth inning in Friday’s District 15-4A game at Lady Indian Field but the Lady Rabbits rallied back with two, two-run home runs to win the battle of top teams 8-5.
“Forney may be the best team in the district. Poteet slipped up on them Tuesday but I think our girls battled tonight,” Waxahachie head coach Steve Howell said. “We showed that we can comeback on a good team. I am proud of the girls, this is just our first loss and we are going to Corsicana Monday looking for a win. Corsicana is hard at their place and so I look for it to be a long, drawn out battle.”
Forney jumped out to a 4-1 lead through four before the Lady Indians used four hits to drive across four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead.
Freshman third baseman Ariel Ortiz drove across two runs on a double to center before freshman catcher Marissa Hooper tied the game with a single down the first base line. Brooke Goad doubled to right putting runners in scoring position for Summer Davila.
Forney made a pitching change before Davila’s at-bat but the sophomore shortstop hit a sacrifice fly to right to push across the go-ahead run before Forney escaped the inning.
In the fifth Forney answered back with a two-run home run to center while its new pitcher did not allow a Waxahachie base runner the rest of the game.
“We missed on a couple of Brooke’s pitches, left them out over the plate and those hitters are so good you can not miss with a pitch. I was calling inside, outside and she threw one inside and they knocked it over the fence. We left a curveball over the plate and boom, another one. They are a good ball team and hit the ball well,” Howell said.
Forney added two more runs on a home run in the seventh to win by three.
“I thought we did pretty good. Our defense was solid, our hitting was solid but we just hit it right to them and they hit it where we could not get to it,” Davila said.
Waxahachie had seven hits in the game, Forney had nine, but the pitching change in the fourth inning proved to be too much for Waxahachie to overcome.
Macie Tillery pitched 3.2 innings for Forney and struck out seven Waxahachie batters to pick up the win.
Waxahachie pushed across one run in the bottom of the first as Ortiz singled to center leading off the inning before scoring on a ground out to short by senior Lauren Johnson.
Forney tied the game with a solo home run in the third before adding three runs on two hits. Ortiz finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Lady Indians.
Waxahachie will play at 7 p.m. Monday in Corsicana before hosting West Mesquite Friday. With the loss the Lady Indians drop from a tie for first place in district to second place with a 2-1 mark. With Friday’s results Waxahachie, Forney, Mesquite Poteet and Ennis all have one loss in district play while Waxahachie and Ennis started district later than the others and have two wins. Corsicana is the district leader with a 3-0 record with wins against Poteet, Ennis and Lancaster.