For the Waxahachie softball team, beating Lancaster is nothing new.
The Lady Tigers have just one win on the season and aren’t expected to get any more now that district play is here.
But the Lady Indians did add a new weapon to their team Monday afternoon for their clash with Lancaster. Sophomore Abbey Evans got a call up from the JV team and made it count by homering in her first at bat as a varsity player in the team’s 17-0, three-inning win.
“I was just thinking don’t fall down rounding the bases,” Evans said. “I just wanted to get around as fast as I could and I wasn’t slowing down.”
She smoked a ball to right field and into the corner and she didn’t slow down to get the inside-the-park homer in her first plate appearance at the varsity level. The only thing that got in her way was the Lancaster catcher, who was still standing on top of the plate as Evans approached him, so she slid into her.
“I thought since she was there that a throw was coming in, so I slid,” Evans said. “But there wasn’t a throw and I just ended up sliding into her leg.”
Luckily neither player was injured on the “play” at the plate, but you can bet that more damage was going to be done to the catcher than Evans. The sophomore finished third in her region for powerlifting and is an alternate for the state meet down in Corpus Christi this weekend.
“I’m really excited about getting to go down there, I just hope I get to compete,” Evans said. “I only get to if somebody can’t make it or doesn’t make weight. I’ve got to make weight too though just in case.”
Evans is in the 132-pound weight class and can squat 235 pounds, bench 125 pounds and dead lift 265 pounds, or about two Lancaster catchers. She said she’s not planning on force feeding any of the girls in her weight class so they don’t make weight, but she is hopeful to get her chance.
Evans also singled in her second plate appearance and scored another run later in the inning.
“It was just exciting to get a chance to play with these girls,” Evans said. “I’m only a sophomore so I’ve been watching these girls play for a little while. It’s great to get a chance to play with them.”
Her call up may only be temporary for this week, but don’t be surprised if she makes another appearance on the varsity roster before the season is up.
The sophomore’s solo inside-the-park home run was the first of two homers in the Lady Indians’ 11-run first inning Monday. The other was one that was absolutely crushed by senior pitcher Brooke Goad.
Lancaster’s pitcher walked seven batters and hit another in the first, so strikes were hard to come by. So when Goad got one, she took advantage of it as she sent it about 30 feet past the 200-foot fence in right field. That smash brought around Ariel Ortiz and Marissa Hooper, who both reached via walks.
Miranda Herron was on base as well, but scored on a passed ball during Goad’s at bat, keeping her from getting a grand slam.
Hooper, Herron and Ortiz, the team’s top third of the order, each scored twice in the first inning despite combining for one hit and five walks.
Cheyenne Fults scored twice in the game and scored Hooper and Ortiz with a two-run single in the first.
Anna Wilhoite scored twice and had an RBI triple in the third inning.
Abi Rogers drove in Wilhoite in the third inning with an RBI ground out.
Cassie Hayes drew two walks, scored a run and had a steal in the game.
Taylor Engel was hit by a pitch, had a steal and scored a pair of runs in her return to the line up after a knee injury two weeks ago.
The No. 12 Lady Indians (19-4. 3-1 in 15-4A) will have a much tougher test Wednesday night when they take on No. 11 Mansfield Legacy (16-3-1, 3-0 in 15-4A) at 7 p.m. in Waxahachie.
Legacy has one of the top pitchers in the state, but the team is confident that it will handle the pressure better in this game than it did against Ennis last week.
“I think we just wanted the Ennis game so bad that we were overhyped for it,” Fults said. “Now I think we’re ready for the challenge, but we’re not too anxious like we were for Ennis.”