Waxahachie made quick work of both of its opponents on Friday to earn a spot in the Mary Jan Eubank Memorial Tournament championship game on Saturday.
In their first bracket game, the Lady Indians defeated Naaman Forest, 8-0. In their second game, the Tribe defeated DeSoto, 13-0.
Against the Naaman Forest Ranger Ladies, Waxahachie scored runs in the first, second and fourth innings en route to the shutout.
On the mound for the Lady Indians was junior Tori Banda.
Banda carried a perfect game through three innings before being replaced on the mound by Dakota Flesher.
Through three innings, Banda struck out eight batters, walked none while recording six consecutive strike outs.
She was replaced by Flesher to save her arm for the night game against DeSoto.
Monica Jaramillo led off the first inning with a bunt before coming around to score on a bunt by Kate Martin.
With Martin on third base after an error by Naaman Forest, Banda grounded to short to drive in the Lady Indians second run of the game.
In the second inning, Waxahachie scored four runs with two outs on two hits.
Kaitlyn O’Brien reached base on an error before stealing second.
Jaramillo recorded a hit to short to put runners on the corners for Martin.
As could be expected, Jaramillo stole second, putting runners in scoring position.
Martin grounded to short but an error was made on the pick attempt at first allowing two runs to score.
Banda nailed a pitch to the left-center field gap to score Martin to give the Lady Indians a 6-0 lead.
In the fourth, O’Brien walked before Jaramillo reached on a bunt. Both ladies stole a base before O’Brien scored on a passed ball.
With two out and Jaramillo at third, Tori Kvapil hit a line drive down the third base line to score the final run of the game.
Waxahachie finished with seven hits while striking out 10 Ranger Ladies.
In the fifth inning, Bradley Dawson threw out a Naaman Forest runner on a stolen base attempt at second base.
In the night cap against DeSoto, leading hitters for Waxahachie were Banda (2-for-2) with two RBIs and a double, Flesher (1-for-2) a double and two RBIs, Bradley Dawson a triple and an RBI, Tiffany Haines (1-for-1) an RBI on a suicide squeeze and Sam Martin with an RBI on a suicide squeeze bunt.
Waxahachie scored three runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the second and did not get to bat in the third inning as the time limit had expired.
Banda was the winning pitcher to run her season record to 3-0. She struck out six and allowed one hit in three innings of work.
With the win the Lady Indians improved to 3-0 on the season as they advanced to the tournament championship game.
In their first bracket game, the junior varsity Lady Indians lost to Bishop Lynch, 12-1.
JV Lady Indians eliminated
Waxahachie’s lone run came in the third inning on a hit by Calli Thompson. Dylan Huff walked and stole a base to be in position to score on Thompson’s hit.
Frisco Centennial eliminated the Lady Indians from the tournament with an 8-0 victory on Friday.
Waxahachie was led by Jessica Berry, Lauren Johnson and Selena Mejorado in the tournament.
Thompson made several nice plays behind the plate as catcher for the Lady Indians.