The Lady Indians crushed Arlington Seguin High School for their fourth district win to the tune of 16 runs in three innings on Monday night at Lady Indian Softball Field.
Waxahachie High School’s 16-1 win against the Lady Cougars not only pushed the team to 4-1 and toward the top of the district 14-5A standings, it marked the third game the Lady Indians shelled an opponent by 12 runs or more.
“We’ve been hitting the ball, so that wasn’t really a factor,” head softball coach Steve Howell said about his struggles during the 15-13 loss to Arlington Seguin High School. “We cut down the errors drastically. That was our downfall during the Summit game.”
Against Mansfield Summit High School on Feb. 26, the Lady Indians committed a season high eight errors. Four days later against Mansfield Timberview High School, the Waxahachie girls committed two.
“Errors are the things you can’t have if you want to win ball games,” he continued.
Since their first and only loss of the season, the Lady Indians have beaten arguably the district’s best pitcher and rolled two others behind clutch hitting by Sharrika Levingston and Ariana Robles and the field-stretching home run power of Talia Salinas and Addy Redd.
Robles, Levingston and Salinas provided the muscle that overpowered Denson and Timberview and Levingston’s two triples, one home run and .755 batting average helped the Lady Indians dismantle Lancaster High School 19-0.
Waxahachie’s latest feat of strength came from the bats of Redd and Salinas, whose towering four-run and two-run scoring blasts sealed the Lady Indians’ fourth district win and started an 11-run second inning rally that was the best Waxahachie softball fans have seen so far this season.
“It felt really good. My adrenaline was rushing and it didn’t hit me until I crossed home plate and started celebrating with my teammates,” Redd said about her hit. “I’m just blessed that I had a chance to hit it over and help us win. It’s really been all of us doing it, though. We had a short memory after the loss to Summit and came together as a team and left our hearts out there on the field.”
The Lady Indians will face Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at 2 p.m. Tuesday at MLRHS Softball Field.
Howell said the rest of week will allow he and his players to fine tune their defense to fit tough Lady Eagles’ hitters and their offense to combat tougher pitching as they gear up for a long season.
“We’re taking this season one game at a time and that’s our next big matchup,” he said. “We can’t overlook anyone in this district. Manufacturing runs against Timberview was a struggle and took a couple of key hits to do enough damage. We learned how important defense is against Summit. You can hit the ball a lot, but you won’t win many games without any defense.”