The tournaments are over and the Waxahachie Lady Indians are a better team because of them.
Waxahachie opened District 15-4A play Tuesday night a week later than the rest of the teams in district but the wait paid off as the Lady Indians pounded Terrell 10-0 in a six inning run-rule game.
Sophomore Brooke Goad hit a fourth inning grand slam and drove in five runs on the night including the clinching run in the bottom of the sixth to seal the victory.
With one away in the sixth Goad doubled to right on a high fly ball that was misplayed by the fielder. Goad reached second with ease before the throw to the infield was not cut off and rolled into left field. Goad raced around the final two bases and scored the final run to end the game.
“Their pitcher has a college scholarship and is a good pitcher. They are going to beat some teams this season because of their pitcher but tonight we got on her there with the three runs in the third before Brooke’s grand slam in the fourth,” Waxahachie head coach Steve Howell said. “I am proud to get that one under us. I am proud of our girls for stepping it up. Maybe the Southlake tournament did do us some good since we saw good pitching up there and were ready to face this girl tonight. It was a good game for us, this is the kind of start we wanted.”
Goad picked up the win as she pitched six innings, allowing two hits while striking out three.
It was scoreless through two and a half before the Lady Indians struck for three runs in the bottom of the third.
Senior Lauren Johnson led off with a double to center before Tori Kvapil reached on a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by the first baseman. With two on, freshman Ariel Ortiz stepped to the plate and delivered. She tripled to right center before scoring on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Marissa Hooper.
With two away in the fourth it appeared that Terrell pitcher Kelci Cheney, a University of Northern Colorado signee, had locked back into the game.
Sophomore Sam Castillo drew a walk before Johnson singled and Kvapil walked to load the bases. Ortiz reached on an error that pushed Castillo across the plate before Hooper walked to drive in Johnson.
With a 5-0 lead Goad stepped to the plate to face Cheney with the bases loaded.
Cheney got the best of the match-up in the first two at-bats as Goad struck out but Waxahachie’s leading home run hitter came through big with a chance to help the team pull away.
“Like I have said before, I always go up there looking for a base hit and not trying to be the hero. Our team needed it and it gave us that extra boost to get us over the hill that we were on,” Goad said. “I saw the gap and I wanted it. She set me up with an outside pitch and I just took it and it went out. I generally don’t look for a certain pitch I just take what she gives me and it just so happened to go out.”
Goad’s line drive grand slam over the left-center field wall gave Waxahachie a 9-0 lead before a double in her final at-bat sealed the game. It was her first career grand slam and sixth home run of the season.
“To pick up a win to open district is a huge lift off all of our shoulders. The defense worked hard and I am proud of them. This is an important win as we start the most important part of our season,” Goad said.
Waxahachie had nine hits in the game as Goad was 2-for-4, Johnson was 3-for-3 while Ortiz, Summer Davila, Hooper and Castillo had one hit each. Ortiz drove in three runs, Hooper two and Goad five as Waxahachie scored in each of the final three innings.
Waxahachie (6-7, 1-0) will play its final non-district game at 7 p.m. Friday in Kennedale before playing at Red Oak on Tuesday.