It was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel Saturday evening as the Waxahachie Lady Indians played against Arlington Bowie in the championship game of the Mary Jane Eubank Memorial Tournament in Waxahachie.
After three scoreless innings, Bowie scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to defeat the Lady Indians, 1-0.
“We came out on the short end of the score, but I will tell you what I saw and that was a team that was tuned in to the game and cheering for their teammates. They were picking each other up when they needed it and helping each other out in situations. To me that was something very special to watch because we have not always had that,” Waxahachie head softball coach Jim Miller said.
“I was so proud that they were really intense and into the game and that is all due to the leadership we have and their willingness to help out not only the younger players, but each other as well. Tori Banda pitched her heart out and she kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win, it just did not bounce right for us tonight,” Miller said.
After three scoreless innings, Bowie scored a run in the top of the fourth as the first hitter of the inning drew a walk and then back-to-back base hits plated the only run of the ball game.
One of the hits right after the walk never left the infield as it was hit slightly over the head of Waxahachie first baseman Kate Martin. The next batter for Bowie hit a ground ball through the right side for the only RBI of the game.
The Arlington Bowie pitcher allowed only three Waxahachie hits as she struck out 12 of the Lady Indian batters.
Waxahachie pitcher Banda held the Lady Indians close as she put on a pretty good show of her own. Banda allowed three hits in seven innings of work and struck out 11 batters. Banda’s record this season is 3-1.
The three Waxahachie hits came in the first and second innings.
Banda had a hit in the first inning while Bradley Dawson and Tiffany Haines recorded second inning shots.
The Lady Indians’ sole threat came in the second inning as Dawson led off with a single and Haines had a bunt single right behind her.
With two on and no one out, Sam Martin laid down a nice sacrifice bunt and moved the runners to second and third. The next hitter struck out and the next one flied out to end the Waxahachie threat.
Waxahachie (3-1) will open District 16-4A play on Tuesday as they travel to Midlothian for a 7 p.m. contest.
Miller said that the girls have got to let this tough loss go and start preparing for Midlothian beginning Monday.
“They (Midlothian) have a very fine program and we have nothing but respect for them. They will definitely be a playoff team in our district but it would be nice to be 1 and 0 after Tuesday and we are expecting another game just like the one we had tonight,” he said.