The Lady Indians game against Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Lady Indian Field won’t be the only source of excitement Waxahachie fans will get upon entering the gate.
The Waxahachie Youth Baseball Association will host its first annual Softball Night, which will allow the county’s next stars to meet with the current ones.
“Anything we can do to recognize area talent, we’ll do it,” said Bill Howel, the WYBA president of baseball and softball operations. “We’ve tried to make an event like this in the past with past booster clubs, but it never quite worked out, but Nisa Redd, the current softball booster club president, had a lot of input in this, too. She pretty much organized and coordinated everything with the high school.”
In addition to door prizes during the varsity game and picture sessions, WISD is offering free entry to any WYBA softball player who wears a jersey to the game.
Howell said he hopes the opportunity for young girls to see softball played at the high school level will encourage others to compete on a WYBA team.
“More than anything, I want them to develop and grow as players,” Howell continued. “The WYBA pretty much acts as WHS’ farm team. We haven’t had as many girls come out to play as we thought we would and want them to know starting their softball careers at an early age can help them become better players later. We actually have girls on the varsity team that played for us as little girls.”
Fans and WYBA players will have the opportunity to watch their favorite WHS players try to extend their win streak to two games against a Lady Eagles team that is 5-3 in district 14-5A standings, one game ahead of the fifth-place Lady Indians.
Addy Redd, Ariana and Caley Robles, Kristen Ortiz, Madison Fewin, Cameron Ryer, Kalie Burdine, Chelsey Catlett, Talia Salinas, Sharrika Levingston and Courtney Gonzalez are good examples of the WYBA’s influence on WHS softball, too. All but four players on the current Lady Indians roster started their softball careers in the city’s premier youth softball organization.
“I know the other sports have a youth night, but softball never has,” said Nisa, Addy’s mother. “In my opinion, softball may be one of the least recognized WHS sports. They’re the future and the little girls deserve to be recognized as much as the older ones. It’s also going to make our girls (in high school) feel special to have someone look up to them like role models. Maybe it will give them a boost of confidence.”