WAXAHACHIE — Four games ago, Waxahachie's softball season was all but in the trenches and a loss away from being out of the playoff conversation.
Just as the lights dimmed on the season, though, the Lady Indians found light — and against one of the best team's in the state, no less.
Waxahachie turned 17 hits and 20 RBIs into a 21-7 victory against Midlothian High School Friday night at Lady Indian Field, continuing their rise in the District 10-5A standings.
The (11-13, 5-5) Lady Indians walked onto the sand of their home field winners of back-to-back games and three of their last four, including one against District 10-5A No. 3 seed Mansfield Lake Ridge High School. They walked out of Lady Indian Field on a three-game win streak and in a three-way tie for fourth place standing in the district.
While Waxahachie ace Talia Salinas outdueled Midlothian's promising young right-hander in a run-ruled five innings, the Lady Indians tested the limits of the fences.
Salinas had a complete game, earning seven strikeouts, committing two errors and allowing seven runs on seven hits with 133 pitches.
Hudson allowed six runs on five hits and committed six errors. Brown, Noah and Stevenson combined for 13 of the 21 runs on 13 of the 18 hits, 12 of the 18 errors with 79 pitches.
Much of the ado was courtesy of what was arguably Waxahachie's single biggest hitting performance of the year. It had five players with two or more hits and a pair of players with five RBIs each.
To charge past the No. 2 team in the district the Lady Indians used hitting voltage of home run proportions against Midlothian starter Emari Hudson and relief pitchers Kristalyn Brown, Shelby Noah and Morgan Stevenson.
Three of them to be exact.
Sharrika Levingston slammed a two-run home run and finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate. Addy Redd and Ariana Robles, who earned her second consecutive multi-hit game of the season and continued an eight-game hit streak, each finished with 3-for-4 performances from the plate.
Redd added the second of Waxahachie's three home runs via a slam that drove Ariana and Kaylie Burdine across home plate. Ariana's sister, Caley Robles, hit a grand slam over the fence in the bottom of the fourth that pushed their lead to 10 runs.
It was Caley first and Levingston's first of the season and Redd's fourth.
Chelsey Catlett (2-for-3, 2 RBIs), Courtney Crownover (2-for-3, 1 RBI) and Kamereon Ryer (2-for-4, 1 RBI) combined for six hits and Salinas and Kaylie Burdine each added a hit.
More than seventy percent of the Lady Indians' at-bats reached quality status. Ariana, Caley, Burdine, Catlett, Crownover Ryer 2, Levingston, Redd and Talia Salinas had at least two plate appearances where they forced three pitches after two strikes or six-pitch at-bats, earned an extra-base hit or drove in a run via sacrifice.
Midlothian's rate hovered near 61 percent on their 26 at-bats.
The game, however, wasn't without its fair share of explosions from the other dugout's bats. Anderson, Midlothian's leading hitter with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, accounted for 43 percent of her team's hits and drove in and scored three of the Lady Panthers' seven runs.
Her lone RBI came via a third-inning home run.
Megan Martens (2-for-3) was the only other Midlothian player with two or more hits and Noah, Georgia Capell, Kaylee Hlavaty and Sierra Mihailov went a combined 4-for-15. Mihailov led in RBIs with two and Capell, Noah and Emily Singleton each added one.
Midlothian (15-8, 7-3), which has lost two of its last three games, will look to rebound against Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Midlothian Sports Complex. The (13-3, 7-3) Lady Eagles outscored Lancaster and Mansfield Summit 30-9 in back-to-back victories.
The Lady Indians, which have beaten two of the district's top three teams in the last week, will play their round two rematch with Mansfield Legacy High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lady Bronco Field. Waxahachie lost the first round matchup 11-2 on March 15 at Lady Indian Field.
A win would extend the Lady Indians' streak to four games, potentially remove the three-team deadlock for the fourth and final playoff seed and provide a measure of revenge for the double-digit, home-field loss.
Marcus S. Marion can be reached for story idea submissions or concerns at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter at @MarcusMarionWNI.