WAXAHACHIE — Despite a pair of three-hit performances and seven total RBI, Waxahachie High School's junior varsity softball team lost its second game in two days.
The Lady Indians fell 8-7 to Mansfield Summit High School on Saturday at Lady Indian Field after nearly clipping the Lady Eagles wings in a 19-run affair 24 hours earlier.
Mansfield Summit sped to an early 5-2 lead after Aaliyah Davis' RBI single drove in Shashauna Arrington and Madison Wood singled and stole home in the first inning and Kaley Pettit's line drive scored Lauryn Carter and Pettit stole home in the second. Both Davis and Wood finished 3-for-3 at the plate and Davis accounted for two of the team's three RBI.
Waxahachie, however, rallied in the first, third and fourth innings.
In the first, the Lady Indians scored three runs on a RBI single by Regan Fallis, a score by Lakota Townley on Hope David's dropped third strike and an Erin Deleon line-drive double that scored Fallis in the bottom of the first. They added three more in the bottom of the third after Deleon scored Fallis on a base-hit single, Rayleigh Smith scored on a Shelby Garcia groundout and Madison Armstrong's double scored Michaela Barnard.
Mansfield Summit behind the play of their starting pitcher, Mackenzi Jones, allowed only one run in the game's final two innings. Jones finished with six strikeouts, one walk, three errors, and seven runs on eight hits on 83 pitches.
Six of those hits belonged to Deleon (3-for-3, 2 RBI) and Goetz (3-for-3, 2 runs) and two belonged to Armstrong (double) and Fallis (single). Armstrong, David, Fallis, Garcia and Townley all collected RBI.
It was the second consecutive game Deleon finished perfect at the plate and had at least two RBI. Fallis and David led the Lady Indians with respective 3-for-3 and 2-for-2 at-the-plate performances against Mansfield Lake Ridge.
The one run — which nearly deadlocked the team at eight runs apiece and forced extra innings — came via Townley's fourth-inning sacrifice and Goetz's dash home.
Goetz, who picked up a loss in the matchup, pitched 3.2 innings and threw 60 pitches, struck out two batters, committed three errors and allowed eight runs on 11 hits. Armstrong, who pitched an inning of relief, finished with 15 pitches, three strikeouts, no errors no hits and no runs.
The JV Lady Indians will look to snap their two-game string of losses when they face Red Oak High School at 5:30 p.m Tuesday at Lady Hawk Field.
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