RED OAK – Brooke Goad’s two best friends on Tuesday night – her bat and the Waxahachie defense.
Goad tossed a complete game from the circle, registering 10 fly ball outs with just one strikeout. She aided her own cause with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate to go along with four RBI as the Lady Indians picked up a 7-2 win over county rival Red Oak.
While far from dominant in the circle, Goad did find comfort in the batter’s box, a place she knows all-too-well.
“I felt good at the plate. I felt confident as a batter. I’ve always been able to hit the ball, that’s one thing I’m good at,” Goad said with a laugh.
After striking out the first time, she blasted back-to-back singles in the second and fourth innings that plated two runs apiece. Both singles came with two outs. She reached first in her final at-bat as a ball went through the legs of a Lady Hawk infielder.
Goad may not have had the Red Oak batters fooled in terms of strikeouts but she did keep them guessing with an off-speed delivery. Red Oak sent 10 fly balls to the outfield and popped out to the catcher once. Three other balls were snagged by infielders Summer Davila and Samantha Castillo on a rope including a grab to end the game by Castillo that would have plated a run had it dropped.
“We talked about not making errors and when we don’t make errors and we can catch the ball and not make dumb mistakes, we’re pretty good. We field it and started putting it in spots where we were going to make them hit it to certain people,” Waxahachie coach Steve Howell said. “That’s what we work for defensively is to be perfect. And that’s what we’re trying to do is be perfect, not make mistakes and everything will take care of itself.”
Both Goad and Red Oak pitcher Marley Dickert rebounded from first at-bat walks to retire the side in the first inning. Waxahachie registered its first hit of the game in an unlikely fashion as Tiffany Haines flipped a pitch on the infield that was lifted over Red Oak third baseman Kayla Burke who was charging in. Haines stole second during Lauren Johnson’s at-bat and then came home moments later on a single.
Eventually, the bases were loaded for Goad who drove home the final two runs of a four-run inning to open the game up. Red Oak simply struggled to respond.
Aside from a Burke single in the second, the Lady Hawks did not get a base hit again until the fourth when a single by Chelsea Bissonnet plated the team’s first run. It also produced a base running pickle which cost the team another out.
“I think we were trying too hard. Sometimes when the girls get real tense and play with too much urgency they try too hard instead of staying with the basics,” Red Oak coach Tatum Thorne said. “I think that’s what we need to make sure of is we’re staying with the basics and let the big plays take care of themselves.”
The Lady Hawks did have run scoring chances in the fifth and sixth as the team put runners in scoring position both innings. In the fifth, a leadoff walk, single and sac bunt put runners at second and third with two outs. In the sixth, it was two singles for runners at first and second. Both times the inning ended on fly balls to centerfield.
Burke and catcher Morgan Dufour were the only players with multiple hits on the night as both had two singles for four of the team’s seven hits. Struggling to make adjustments were a major talking point for Red Oak after the game. It’s talk the team is hoping to put into practice.
“We were getting ahead of her outside ball and weren’t waiting on it and making contact later and extending,” Dufour said. “We were getting out front so it was getting dribbled or popped up. We were dropping our shoulders and that was causing the pop ups.”
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