Two home runs and a dominant pitching performance by the Waxahachie Lady Indians opened the annual Mary Jane Eubank Memorial Softball Tournament in Waxahachie on a winning note for the girls in green.
Waxahachie defeated Red Oak 8-1 in the tournament opening game Thursday behind a two-hitter pitched by J.J. Jackson and Tori Banda.
Jackson helped her own cause with a solo-home run to center in the fourth inning to cap a powerful performance by the Lady Indians in their second game of the season.
Red Oak pushed across a run off Jackson in the top of the first as Tara McKenney walked to lead off the inning before scoring on a single to right by Kaitlyn Callier.
Waxahachie responded in the bottom half of the inning with three runs on two hits. Kaitlyn O’Brien led off with a walk for WHS before moving to second on a sac-bunt by Kate Martin. Kennedy Mullens doubled to center before Banda drove in the runners with a double in the right field gap.
An at bat later Banda stole home on a double steal to give the Lady Indians a 3-1 lead.
In the second inning the Lady Indians tacked on four more runs as Brooke Goad walked with one out before O’Brien reached on a single. A bunt by Martin drove in both runners as the throw to first was high. The high throw allowed Martin to reach safely before coming home on a monster home run by Mullens.
With a 7-1 lead Jackson’s morning in the circle was done as she allowed just one run on two hits while striking out two to pick up the win.
Banda, the winning pitcher in Tuesday’s game, continued her season of perfection as she worked the final three innings allowing no hits while fanning seven.
Overall the Lady Indians totaled 10 hits in the game while Callier and Marley Dickert had the only Lady Hawks hits. Mullens, Banda, O’Brien and Summer Davilla each had two hits for WHS while Goad and Jackson had one.
In their second game of the tournament the Lady Indians defeated Frisco Centennial 2-0 behind another great pitching performance by Banda.
Banda allowed just two hits over seven innings of action while fanning more than 10 batters. She gave the Lady Indians a 1-0 in the fourth on a solo home run before Tiffany Haines drove in the final run in the sixth inning on a sac-bunt.
Red Oak played Arlington Bowie later Friday and found a similar fate.
The Lady Hawks continued to struggle offensively as Bowie picked up the 4-0 win in six innings. Pitcher Marley Dickert took her second loss of the day as she was the pitcher of record against Waxahachie.
The limited offense produced just a pair of singles in the game coming from Jaimi Munoz and Katelyn Curry.
Both teams resume action Friday as the Lady Indians played at 8 a.m. and then again at 8 p.m at Lady Indians Field. Red Oak played at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m at the same location.
Games continue on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. and continuing every two hours until the final games start at 6 p.m.
Sports writer Alex Riley contributed to this report.