The Waxahachie Lady Indians softball team is extremely young, and along with the youth comes some up-and-down play. The upside, though, looks mighty strong for this group.

Bouncing back from a Tuesday loss to North Forney, the Lady Indians opened the 287 Ellis County Invitational with two wins, including a 17-0 rout of North Dallas on Thursday morning at Waxahachie High School.

Kylee Raney and Sam Jimenez combined to pitch a perfect game over three innings, and North Dallas put the ball in play only twice. Raney struck out five of six batters faced and Jimenez fanned two of her three batters.

The Lady Indians (5-4) combined for 12 hits in only three innings, with leadoff batter Kadin Vire batting 3-for-3 with a walk and four runs scored and No. 2 hitter Makenae Stone going 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Marlee Jackson was 2-for-3 with three RBI, and designated player Jackie Talamantes was 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored.

Later on Thursday, the Lady Indians picked up an 8-6 win over Westside, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jacks Reeves scored from third on a squeeze by Sam Christian, and Stone scored an insurance run on an error off the bat of Molly Gilbert.

Gilbert finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and Hope David was 2-for-2 with two walks, a double and two runs scored. Stone wound up 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.

Raney went the distance for a five-hitter, allowing only one earned run and striking out 11 while walking two.

The Lady Indians were scheduled to face Van and Carthage on Friday. The tourney concludes on Saturday with WHS taking on Rockwall-Heath at 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Lady Indians were held to three hits in an 8-3 non-district loss at North Forney despite taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Vire, Stone and David each had a single, and Vire scored two runs while David and Talamantes each had an RBI.