The Waxahachie Lady Indian softball team is wishing the season would hurry up and get here.
The team is playing great defense, pitching well and crushing the ball right now. It showed all of those traits as it rolled Joshua to an 8-2 win Friday night in a scrimmage.
“I think these scrimmages are definitely helping our batting out a ton,” Lady Indian third baseman Cheyenne Fults said. “We’re hitting the ball really well right now and I think we’re ready for the real games to get here.”
The team doesn’t have to wait too much longer as it will begin real play Friday at a tournament in Forney, but it still has one more scrimmage before, at 7 p.m. Tuesday versus Cleburne.
So all the Lady Indians can do while bidding their time is play well in their tune ups.
“It’s been a lot of work, but we think it’s going to be a great season,” right fielder Taylor Engel said. “We’ve got everyone back from last year and we know we’ve done all the work we can to tighten up our game.”
That was on display right off the bat Friday as with the team down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Miranda Herron blooped a ball to right field that just went over the fielder’s head. She never slowed down and motored into third for a triple.
Anna Wilhoite drew a walk and two batters later, Fults smashed a two-run, two-out double to left-center field to give Waxahachie the lead.
Marissa Hooper followed that up with a smashed single to left-center to plate Fults. Harlie Creel entered the game to run for Hooper and she came around to score when Victoria Pannill doubled up the middle.
Brooke Goad calmed down after a bit of a wild first inning to keep the Lady Owls scoreless for the next two innings. She cashed in at the plate too as she drove in a run in the third inning.
Ariel Ortiz roped a two-out double to right-center field to get into scoring position and Goad knocked her in with a single to right field to make it 5-1.
Joshua added a run in the top of the fourth, but the Lady Indians put the game away thanks to the bottom of the order in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out, Cassie Hayes reached on a walk then Sam Castillo drilled a triple to bring her around to score. Jenny Salazar drew a walk and then both scored on a double to left-center by Herron to make it 8-2.
The team played two more scrimmages Saturday afternoon. To see how the team fared in those games, pick up Tuesday’s Waxahachie Daily Light or like “Billy Wessels - Waxahachie Daily Light Sports” on Facebook.
The season-opening tournament for Waxahachie will be the 2013 Forney-North Forney Invitational and the Lady Indians’ first game will be at 11:15 a.m. Friday versus Bullard.
That is the first of three straight games for the team on that day. They will then play against McKinney at 1 p.m. and then versus Greenville at 2:45 p.m.
That’s a tough tournament to start with, but the team will need all the competition it can get as it plays in another tough district.
Waxahachie, which is ranked No. 8 in the state in the Texas Girls Coaches Association preseason poll, also has ranked teams Ennis, No. 2, and Mansfield Legacy, No. 11, in its district.