Lady Indians find hitter’s paradise in 16-run game against Red Oak
RED OAK — With a hot Red Oak Lady Hawks team looming and Waxahachie High School’s varsity softball team on a three-game losing streak, things looked bleak.
That is until sophomore Talia Salinas’ hotter right arm out-aced her team’s county rival.
The Lady Indians, behind Salinas’ first career no-hitter, blanked Red Oak High School 16-0 on Thursday at Lady Hawk Field during their second meeting of the season.
“I just told myself I had to do better next time,” Salinas said about her struggles during the Ennis game Tuesday.
Her no-hitter marked a sharp rebound from her performance against the Lions, where she lasted 4.1 innings and allowed six earned runs. As a whole, the Lady Indians allowed 14 runs throughout seven innings.
The last time the two teams met, the Lady Indians beat Red Oak 14-2. In that game, Salinas allowed three hits on four errors, despite going hitless throughout the five-inning contest.
“It felt refreshing because we needed a big win to get it together,” she said. “We have to stay focused and we have to want it.”
The girls didn’t repeat their high-hitting performance during their season opener, they bettered it. The Lady Indians shelled ROHS with 13 hits in only three innings and gathered 13 runs batted in.
Six of those RBI’s belonged to hot-hitting Sharrika Levingston, the Lady Indians second-year varsity outfielder who went 3-for-3 against Red Oak’s Morgan Landes.
“Last year, as a freshman, I batted behind Miranda Herron and Cheyenne Fults. They were our biggest hitters,” Levingston, said. “This year, I knew we lost key players from the previous season, so I know I had to step up and take on a leadership role.”
Both Levingston and Salinas said their team learned valuable lessons during their first round of district play, but it will have to apply those lessons to make a serious playoff bid when the girls welcome Mansfield Summit High School to Lady Indian Field.
The Lady Indians will face the Lady Jaguars for the second time this season at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“It’s a very impressive part of making it to the playoffs,” Salinas said. “We have learned that everything needs to be left on the field. Any errors or anything just needs to be left all on the field.”
“Those games helped us realize we have to start off strong and execute at the plate to win games,” Levingston added. “Now that we know that’s what we have to do, in the second round, we’re going to work hard to win more games and go to playoffs. We believe that we can beat some of the more experienced teams if we work together and play to the best of our ability.”
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