WAXAHACHIE — In the marquee game on day one of the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament, Waxahachie fought the cold and late start to hand state-ranked Corsicana its first loss of the season.
The Indians used a five-run third inning to give starting pitcher Jackson Leath (2-0) enough support for a five-inning, complete-game win, 6-4. The win improved Waxahachie to 6-1 on the season and 2-0 in the home tournament at Richards Park. Corsicana entered the game as the No. 2 team in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s state poll.
Leath finished his outing with four runs on the ledger — two earned — on six hits. He also recorded three strikeouts and three walks over his five innings and stranded seven baserunners.
Trevin Robinson and Alex Castillo led the Indians with a pair of hits, along with two RBIs each from Joey Trevino, Levi David, and Castillo.
Two unearned runs got the Tigers on the board in the top of the first inning — one on a steal of second that plated a runner from third, the other on a wild pitch and both coming after one of five Indian errors on the evening.
With Leath struggling to find the handle on his breaking ball, Corsicana again threatened the scoreboard in the top-half of the second inning. The senior did, however, locate the grip he was searching for somewhere during a Tiger at-bat with the bases loaded and nobody out.
Leath battled back from a 2-ball, no-strike hole to get a line out to left field and followed that with a ground ball back to the mound for a force out at the plate and out No. 2. The rediscovered breaking ball then resulted in a weak popup to Trevin Robinson at shortstop for the third out of the inning to keep the deficit at two runs.
Thanks to an infield popup that fell in front of second base with two outs and two on, Waxahachie was able to tack on its first run of the game when Sage Hampton, who led off the Indian half of the second inning with a walk, scored from third base. The Tigers would get the run back in the top of the third, as Robinson fielded a routine groundball, stepped on second and traded the easy 6-3 double play for a run. Leath struck out a Tiger looking for the third out with Corsicana leading 3-1.
The hardest hit ball in the bottom half of the third inning came off the bat of Peyton Graham when he roped a double down the third base line. From there, a series of fortune events for the Indians — yet, unfortunate for one of the state’s top-ranked teams — resulted in a five-spot for the boys in green.
Waxahachie scored runs off of a dropped third strike, a throw to second by the catcher, a single after a pair of walks, and a throwing error on a slow roller to third base.
Sometimes, that’s just the way baseball go.
The Tigers added a run in the top of the fifth on a double to right-center field, but Leath cleanly fielded a comebacker for the final out after an easy toss to first base.
Waxahachie (6-1) plays game three of the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament Friday at noon, with game four scheduled for 8 p.m.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith