After having to wait an extra week to start the playoffs, the Lady Indians did not take long to earn its first playoff win as they run-ruled Woodrow Wilson, 10-0, in five innings.
With the win the Lady Indians advance to the regional quarterfinals where they will play Arlington Seguin, a 16-0 win over Spruce.
“We’ve still got to eliminate a couple mental mistakes, but overall I was really happy with the way we came out and adjusted to their pitcher,” head coach Joni Vaughan said. “To get that first playoff win is huge, now we realize we actually do this.”
After last year’s first round sweep at the hands of Lampasas, getting a win Thursday should help the Lady Indians’ confidence.
“It gives us the confidence to know we have the capability of making a long playoff run,” Vaughan said.
It did not take long for the Lady Indians to seize control Thursday as they scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Vaughan was glad to see the Lady Indians adjust to a pitcher that threw slower than they have become accustomed to.
“It’s tough to be able to do that in the middle of a game,” she said. “Their pitcher was getting the ball over the plate so we adjusted, sat back and hit the ball to all fields. It was really nice to see.”
Tori Banda and Lauren Simpson combined for a no-hitter, allowing just one base runner in the fifth inning on a walk.
Banda was overpowering for the Lady Wildcats as she struck out eight of the nine batters she faced in the first three innings as she earned her 20th win of the season.
When Woodrow Wilson did get a runner on base in the fifth, catcher Brianna Banda promptly threw the runner out at second base.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first, Waxahachie added three in the second, three in the third and two more in the fourth to close out the scoring.
The place and time for next week’s series against Arlington Seguin has yet to be determined.
Waxahachie beat Arlington Seguin twice during the regular season — 7-3 and 17-1 — but the Lady Indians know much more is riding on the game this time around.
“We understand we’re in a do or die situation,” Vaughan said. “If we have a bad game we’re done. We realize that and hopefully we’ll keep that mentality throughout the playoffs.”
Waxahachie 10, Woodrow Wilson 0
Woodrow 000 00 — 0 0 3
Waxahachie 233 2x — 10 10 0
WP — Tori Banda. LP — Lily Gomez. 2B — W: Dakota Flesher, Bradley Dawson. 3B — W: Flesher, Sherri Polanco 2.
Records — Woodrow Wilson 9-7; Waxahachie 27-5.