Back-to-back fifth inning home runs by sophomores Summer Davila and Brooke Goad powered the Waxahachie Lady Indians to a 5-2 win against Duncanville in the opening game of the Mary Jane Eubank Memorial Tournament Thursday.
Goad drove in three runs and picked up the win in the circle as Waxahachie bounced back from a tough game Tuesday against Midlothian.
“We did good, we did better than we did against Midlothian,” Goad said. “Midlothian was ready for us and had a really good hitting team. We should have played a little better today against Duncanville but I think hitting wise we just need to slow down and let the ball come to us. Defensively we did really well today.”
Waxahachie scored an unearned run in the first on a Goad sacrifice fly without recording a hit but the Lady Indians quickly found their stride at the plate and made Duncanville pay.
Starting pitcher Lauren Johnson drove in Katelyn O’Brien in the second inning on a bunt to tie the game at two and put the first hit on the board for Waxahachie.
Tied at two entering the third Goad replaced Johnson in the circle and allowed a lead off double before getting out of a bases loaded jam with a big strikeout.
Goad, backed up by error-free defense, set the Lady Panthers down in order the next three innings while the Waxahachie offense took control of the game.
With one away in the bottom of the third Davila singled to left before stealing second. She advanced to third on a passed ball, setting up a prime RBI opportunity for Goad.
Batting clean-up for a reason, Goad singled down the right field line to give the Lady Indians their first lead of the season.
Leading by one, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth Davila launched a home run over the left field fence before Goad launched one over the right field fence to give Waxahachie a little breathing room.
“I was not looking for a home run, I never look to hit a home run. I always just get up to bat and take it like any other at bat,” Goad said. “I take at bats pitch by pitch and that just happened to be the pitch I liked and I sent it out.”
Held hitless from the fourth through the sixth Duncanville caught a break in the seventh.
With one away a throwing error allowed a Lady Panther to reach before a single to center put runners in scoring position with the No. 3 and four hitters due up.
Goad induced a ground ball to freshman third baseman Ariel Oritz, who looked the runner back at third before firing a strike across the diamond for the second out.
With the tieing run at the plate, Goad induced another ground ball that ended the game.
Johnson pitched two innings and allowed four hits and two walks while striking out one before Goad pitched the final five innings.
Goad allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four.
“I had confidence against Midlothian and I think I pitched really well that game, they just have a really good hitting team. We beat them twice in district last year so they were coming after us this year. We took it hard enough to come back out here and not let another one get by us at home. This is our home and we are going to protect it,” Goad said.
Johnson, Davila and Goad had two hits each and Sam Castillo had one as Waxahachie finished the game with seven hits while holding Duncanville to six.
O’Brien and Johnson had two stolen bases each as Waxahachie had six total.