The Waxahachie Lady Indians softball team appeared to be in midseason form Thursday night in its first scrimmage of the year.
Waxahachie had no problem with Garland as it went on to win 15-0 in its first live action of 2013.
“I thought both of our pitchers did a good job throwing and we did a good job stringing some hits together,” Waxahachie coach Stephen Howell said. “We didn’t get to do as much of the small ball stuff as we wanted to, but we didn’t get a lot of chances to.”
The team didn’t have to worry much about the small ball as senior pitcher Brooke Goad drove in six runs thanks to a three-run triple in the first inning and a three-run home run over the right-center field wall in the third inning.
“I really just wanted to start this season off with a bang,” Goad said. “It’s my last year here and I want to make it a good one.”
Goad had shoulder surgery before her junior season, but was still able to pitch all of last year. Now she is a full year past the surgery and is feeling great as the year begins.
“My arm is definitely feeling a lot better this time this year,” Goad said. “I’ve been working on my change-up a lot more this year so I can be more effective with it. All good pitchers need to have a good change.”
That hard work definitely showed as she pitched three shut out innings and allowed just two hits while striking out four without walking anybody.
After her three innings of work on the rubber, she switched spots with sophomore centerfielder Miranda Herron, who will be the team’s second pitcher this year. Herron seemed to be just as confident as well as she struck out six of the eight batters she faced and didn’t allow a hit.
Herron will be the team’s lead-off hitter again this year after doing a great job of setting the table in 2012. She got on base twice Thursday thanks to a walk and a hit by pitch. She scored both times she reached and had a steal.
A new face to the starting line-up will be Anna Wilhoite. She played sparingly last season, but will be the starting second baseman this year for at least the first part of the season.
“I was a little nervous at first when that first ball got hit to me, but I was able to field it pretty clean and calmed down a little,” Wilhoite said. “I didn’t get to bat much last year, but I’m feeling a lot more confident there this year too.”
She drew walks in each of her first two at bats Thursday and then drilled a two-run single to right field in her final plate appearance. She scored all three times she reached and stole third once.
Waxahachie junior shortstop Ariel Ortiz will try to build off her great 2012 campaign that saw her named the district co-MVP. She reached base all three times she batted and scored each time. She also stole a pair of bases.
Cheyenne Fults will be returning to third base and had three RBIs Thursday, including a two-run double to the centerfield wall after waiting on a change-up.
Marissa Hooper, Victoria Pannil, Cassie Hayes and Tayler Engel are also returning to the team that finished last year with 17 wins. Hooper had a pair of singles and a run Thursday. Hayes roped a single down the right field line in her first at bat and later scored on an overthrow by the catcher as she led off third.
The team’s two new faces are Jenny Salazar and Tara Manning. Both were getting there first taste of varsity action Thursday, but seemed to fit in quite nicely.
Salazar dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt in the second inning and then drew a walk and scored a run in her second at bat. Manning walked in both of her at bats.
The team will scrimmage Crandall at home at 5 p.m. Tuesday.