The Waxahachie Lady Indians opened the second annual Mary Jane Eubank Memorial Tournament on Thursday with a pool game against Fort Worth South Hills.
By executing small ball tactics coupled with huge hits from Tori Banda and Bradley Dawson the Lady Indians topped the Scorpions 10-0.
Pool play games were limited to four innings or 70 minutes. Due to the short game time, the pool games do not count toward the teams’ overall record.
Today the 12 teams in the tournament will begin bracket play. WHS will take the field at 1 p.m. against Naaman Forest.
After the Naaman Forest game the Lady Indians will play either South Hills or DeSoto. If Waxahachie wins at 1 p.m. today they will play again tonight at 7.
In the final pool play game on Thursday the Lady Indians lost 3-1 to Duncanville.
Prior to the game against South Hills, Mary Jane Eubank’s brother, Cullen, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Lady Indians’ coach Jim Miller said the team worked on fundamentals in the South Hills game to get ready for district play next week.
It was clear from the Lady Indians opening at bat what the game plan was against the Scorpions.
Monica Jaramillo led off with a perfect drag bunt before Kate Martin sacrificed Jaramillo to second.
With one out Banda stepped to the plate and drove a Scorpion pitch into left field. Jaramillo raced around the bases to score the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the second inning the Lady Indians continued to force the Scorpions to make plays on the infield.
With runners on second and third after a stolen base by Kaitlyn O’Brien, Jaramillo laid down a sacrifice bunt to score a run.
With two outs, Kate Martin sent a ball into left field scoring the Lady Indians’ third run of the game.
In the third inning the Lady Indians pushed across seven runs as they took advantage of several Scorpion errors.
WHS finished the game with seven hits, South Hills had two hits.
Winning pitcher for the Lady Indians was Dakota Flesher. She never faced more than four batters in one inning.