Cinderellas typically make headlines in March. Now go ahead and try telling that to the Waxahachie Lady Indians softball team.
After dropping game one at home Friday, the Lady Indians regrouped to steal games two and three at District 8-6A champion Duncanville to win the first 6A bi-district championship in program history Saturday night.
Waxahachie will now face (27-2) Northwest Eaton in the 6A Region I area championship at a date, time and location to be determined. Eaton is the second seed out of District 5-6A, which was won by Keller.
Waxahachie, which is now 20-9 on the season, entered the postseason as the fourth seed from District 7-6A. Duncanville finished the 8-6A slate with a 13-1 record and ends the season at 19-10 overall.
The Lady Indians fell in game one of the three-game bi-district playoff series against Duncanville on Friday in Waxahachie, 10-5.
Waxahachie jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a two-run home run off of the bat of Chloe Hernandez and an RBI double by Kaylie Burdine.
Duncanville later exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth inning for a 9-3 lead and never looked back. The Lady Panthers tacked on one run in the sixth inning, while the Lady Indians added runs in the fourth and fifth.
Both teams collected nine hits on the evening. The Lady Indians committed two errors in the field.
Courtney Crownover and Hernandez collected a pair of hits, while Erin Deleon joined Hernandez with a round-tripper.
Deleon sent her home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning on a 1-2 count with two outs in the frame.
Brooklyn Holman took the loss for the Lady Indians. She allowed nine earned runs on eight hits and seven walks over 3.2 innings. She also struck out five.
Cameron Ryer tossed 3.1 innings in relief, allowing one earned run on one hit and striking out five.
Though the two teams combined for nine errors Saturday afternoon, the Lady Indians out slugged the Lady Panthers 11-7 for a 9-6 win in game two.
Both teams plated three runs in the first inning and Duncanville then carried a 5-3 lead into the second.
Makenae Stone reached on an error in the top of the third inning and scored two batters later when Hope David, who got the Lady Indians scoring started with a three-run home run in the first inning, doubled to left field.
The 5-4 Duncanville lead carried into the fifth frame.
Chloe Hernandez then laced a one-out triple into right-center field in the top of the fifth inning. David singled into center field two pitches later to tie the game at five-all. She later scored on a pair of Duncanville errors to put Waxahachie up one run.
Duncanville scratched one run in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull back even, 6-6.
The Lady Indians again rallied to take the lead, this time for good, with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Stone led off with a walk, Hernandez and David singled and Cameron Ryer later doubled to pus Waxahachie ahead 9-6.
Brooklyn Holman tossed the first two innings for the Lady Indians inside the circle, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk.
Cameron Ryer then came on in relief and tossed the final five innings of two-hit softball. She allowed just one unearned run, struck out four and walked three to pick up the win and force a decisive game three.
Duncanville made things awfully interesting in the seventh inning of game three in the bi-district championship but left the tying run at the plate in a 6-4 Waxahachie.
Holman picked up the win for the Lady Indians inside the circle, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks. She struck out four.
Ryer recorded the final out of the ball game and the save with a weak pop out to David at first base to strand a Duncanville base runner on second base.
The Lady Panthers had plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within the 6-4 final score.
Waxahachie scored its runs in the second and sixth innings, plating three runs in each frame.
Erin Deleon (1-3, 2B) drove in two runs, while Melina Brown, Caley Robles and Ryer (1-3, 2B) each plated one.