With a playoff spot already secured, the Waxahachie Lady Indians still managed to send their nine seniors out in style Friday.
Waxahachie took a 7-3 lead into the top of the fourth inning and then tacked on three insurance runs in the fifth and sixth for a 10-6 home win against Mansfield Summit on Senior Night.
The nine Lady Indians seniors include Sarah Smith, Erin Deleon, Melina Brown, Caley Robles, Michaela Bernard, Chloe Hernandez, Cameron Ryer, Kaylie Burdine and Courtney Crownover.
“They have been great and they do a great job,” Waxahachie head softball coach Steve Howell said. “They are leaders and, anything that I ask, they do. They will beat their head up against the wall to get the job done and that is what I love about them.”
He added, “[...] There have been ups and downs and a few squabbles. You are going to have your sad moments and you are going to have your good moments but it’s just like a family…. They are a great bunch of girls and sometimes they think I am hard-headed, which I am, but they listen and do what they are supposed to do and I am proud of them for that.”
The other storyline of the evening was the Lady Indians power surge at the plate.
Hope David, Chloe Hernandez and Cameron Ryer all left the yard during the victory.
Hernandez sent her two-run home run over the center field fence in the first inning. Ryer led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a shot over the wall in right field and David did the same in the seventh.
David also doubled and finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Courtney Crownover continued her tear at the plate with a double and triple as a part of her 3-for-4 day with a team-high three RBIs.
Brooklyn Holman picked up the complete-game win for the Lady Indians inside the circle, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks. She also struck out six.
Both teams slugged 10 hits and the two combined for seven errors.
The Waxahachie Lady Indians officially punched their playoff tickets Tuesday with a road route of Grand Prairie.
The Lady Indians outhit the Lady Gophers 12-7 and made the most of 14 free passes for a 20-5 victory.
Waxahachie took a 4-1 lead into the top of the second inning and added three runs in the top of the frame on a Chloe Hernandez home run and one more run in the third. The Lady Indians then exploded for 12 runs in the top of the fifth inning to complete the run-rule victory.
The fifth inning saw 17 Lady Indians dig into the batter's box. They recorded just five hits in the inning, with one of those being a two-run home run off of the bat of Courtney Crownover to right-center field.
Crownover finished the game 1-for-2 at the plate but matched Chloe Hernandez with a team-high 4 RBIs.
Hope David (1-3) and Cameron Ryer (2-3) both drove home two runs. Melina Brown recorded two hits to join Ryer in the multi-hit department.
Brooklyn Holman tossed four innings for the Lady Indians and allowed five runs on six hits and four walks. She struck out four.
Ryer came on in relief to pitch a scoreless fifth inning, striking out two.
Waxahachie improved to 18-6 on the season and 9-4 in District 7-6A.
The Lady Indians close out their regular season on the road against South Grand Prairie at 7 p.m.
Though already locked into the postseason, Waxahachie could still climb as high as second with a win a Mansfield Lake Ridge loss.
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.