Everything went right for the Waxahachie Lady Indians Tuesday night in their 10-0 home win to begin district against the Corsicana Lady Tigers.
Tori Banda (six strikeouts, walk) provided the solid pitching in a complete no-hit game and helped herself with a single and two runs scored.
Waxahachie improved its season record to 6-3.
†"I just came out relaxed trying to find my pitching (zone) but I also have a great defense behind me," Banda said. "I just have to do my job, even if this had been a 1-0 game, the defense works together."
Said Waxahachie interim coach Jim Miller: "Sheís getting better and finding her placement on pitches; she and Andi (Allen) have been working a lot with six and eight-pound medicine balls to help with their strength and endurance."
Among the exercises include running and passing. Banda said sheíll keep doing it as long as it helps Waxahachie win.
Like her, seven Lady Indians teammates also hit safely in the game that resulted in a run rule in the fifth inning. With no outs against Corsicana reliever Audra Demoss, Bradley Dawson (2-of-3, double) hit safely into left field, allowing Brianna Banda, who got on board with a single, to score the 10th run.
Dawson joined Jocelyn Roberts (2-of-3, triple) as the only players to get two hits.
Dakota Flesher also got in a double and Monica Jaramillo a single.
Among the players to earn an RBI each were Dawson, Flesher, Roberts and Sheri Polanco. The Banda sisters each had two RBI.
"We put ourselves in a position to try to get another district title; I didnít think we could go into our first district game and come out losing," Miller said. "We got off on the right foot."
The Lady Indians didnít waste any time getting to Corsicana starter Erica Wolver in a five-run first inning as she allowed four consecutive hits to Roberts, and the Banda sisters. Lauren Simpson, who got on base with a walk, scored the gameís first run on a Polanco single.
It was just an all around bad night for Corsicanaís Wolver in four full innings as she allowed seven hits, only got two strikeouts, walked two runners, and two of her three wild pitches allowed Lady Indians to score from third base.
The reliever Demoss walked the first hitter she faced and allowed three consecutive hits.
"The win was good and we have basically one day to enjoy this one but itís always a concern that the girls may think too highly of themselves because of what happened," Miller said. "We have a very tough tournament in McKinney coming up and I donít think weíre going to run into these kinds of games up there."
About the only thing that did go wrong for Waxahachie was when Roberts tripped on her way down following a strikeout by Banda. As is customary in softball, the infielders usually huddle together around the pitcher after an out and follow it up with a celebration jump before they walk back to their positions.
Roberts was able to joke about it after the game but she fell awkwardly as her teammates surrounded her with some concern in their faces. With only a bruised ego, Roberts took it in and walked back gingerly to third base.
She more than made up for it in that same fourth inning as she was part of a 5-3 play three consecutive times.
"Thatís something the girls do on their own; itís got nothing to do with the coaches telling them to do it," Miller joked. "If it were up to me . . ."
E-mail Albert at email@example.com