GRAND PRAIRIE — If there was ever an example of how records should be thrown out during the postseason, Thursday was it.
In a regional quarterfinal playoff, Arlington Seguin took an early lead and then held off a late rally by Waxahachie to win 3-2, advancing to the regional semifinals against McKinney North or Mesquite Poteet.
It was the first time Seguin beat Waxahachie in three tries this season.
“It’s hard, especially now, even if it’s Seguin or anyone else at this point of the playoffs,” head coach Joni Vaughan said of the loss. “I think we had some people freaked out and maybe let the pressure get to them — we were trying to force things to happen.
“When some of the bigger people struggle, it freaks everyone else out and it was a chain reaction.”
Seguin immediately put the pressure on Waxahachie, loading the bases with only one out in the first inning.
Freshman pitcher Tori Banda got the Lady Indians out of the jam unscathed by striking out the last two batters.
“I thought that would have given us the momentum,” Vaughan said. “It did get us going for a little while, but not like I wanted.”
Seguin loaded the bases with only one out again in the third inning, but Ryan Ellison came through with a single to center field that enabled Bailey Brantley and Tara Martinez to score.
After the hit, Banda struckout the next batter and recorded the final out on a ground ball to second.
Waxahachie’s best threat came in the bottom of the fourth. After leaving a runner on base in each of the first three innings, the Lady Indian offense appeared to be adjusting to Seguin pitcher Alexis Johns.
With one out Jocelyn Roberts singled, Tori Banda walked and Dakota Flesher walked to load the bases.
Bradley Dawson flew out to left field, allowing Roberts to score from third, cutting the Lady Indians’ deficit to 2-1.
Nancy Gonzalez followed with a walk that loaded the bases for a second time, but the final out was recorded when the next batter was out on a pop-up to second.
Neither team threatened again until the seventh, when Seguin got a pair of two-out singles to extend its lead to 3-1.
Waxahachie rallied in the bottom of the seventh with Gonzalez earning a lead-off walk.
With one out, Monica Jaramillo reached when Johns overthrew the first baseman, allowing Gonzalez to reach third and Jaramillo to get to second.
Sherri Polanco, the area’s second-leading hitter flew out to center field to score Gonzalez, but the Lady Indians left the tieing run at third base when the next batter struck out.
The Lady Indians end the season with 27 wins, a school record, and won the program’s first district championship.
“We should carry our heads high,” Vaughan said. “We had an awesome season, but there’s only one 4A team that can end their season with a win.”
With the loss of only one senior, Vaughan believes the loss will help down the road.
“It’s a tough lesson to learn, but it’s going to help us,” she said. “There’s a lot of life and softball lessons that were learned tonight.”
Arlington Seguin 3, Waxahachie 2
Arl. Seguin 002 000 1 — 3 9 1
Waxahachie 000 100 1 — 2 2 0
WP — Alexis Johns. LP — Tori Banda.
Records — Waxahachie 27-6; Seguin 14-8-2.