WAXAHACHIE — One year after weather caused the Indian baseball team to miss nearly its entire tournament schedule, Waxahachie has opened 2017 with nine tournament wins in 10 games — five of those coming during a clean sweep of the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament held over the weekend.
In addition to defeating Duncanville 7-2 in the finale Saturday afternoon, the Indians picked up a pair of wins over two state-ranked teams, including one victory of the no-hit variety, during the three-day tournament held at Richards Park. Head coach Tracy Wood and company will now turn their sights to a three-day tournament in Corsicana before beginning play in District 10-5A Tuesday, March 14 on the road against Mansfield Summit.
At the plate, (9-1) Waxahachie was led by shortstop Trevin Robinson and outfielder Joey Trevino. Robinson finished the tournament 10-for-15 (.667 BA) with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Trevino slugged his way to a team-high nine RBIs over the weekend thanks to a grand slam, one triple, two doubles and a 5-for-12 (.417 BA) showing at the dish.
As a team, the Indians posted a respectable .345-team batting average (38-for-110) on the weekend with nine extra-base hits. The pitching staff recorded 31 strikeouts to 14 walks and allowed just eight earned runs in the five games played.
Senior Tyler Navarro (2-0) took the ball to start on the bump for the Indians in their final game of the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament and turned in a solid outing despite a little trouble with command in the first inning. Two walks and a single put the scrappy Duncanville Panthers ahead 1-0.
Navarro then helped his own cause when he led off the bottom of the second inning with a double slashed down the right-field line. His courtesy runner, Alex Castillo, was promptly moved to third base by a productive groundout. Castillo scored to knot the game at one a few pitches later when the Duncanville left fielder misplayed a well struck Will Morgan drive into the left-center field gap. Morgan was wiped off the basepaths when he was caught stealing third for the third out of the second inning.
Jovanny Mijares made two fantastic defensive plays in the top third inning — one on a dive to his left and the other a backhand to his right — to help keep the game tied behind Navarro.
The second baseman then led off the bottom half of the inning by drawing a walk. Robinson later threw his hands at an outside pitch to send it the other way into right field for a double to put runners on second and third with one out. A Sage Hampton sacrifice fly to left field followed by a Joey Trevino double that sliced into the right-field corner put the Indians on top, 3-1.
Duncanville strung together two hits in the top of the fourth inning, but Navarro pushed through on the bump to get a weak flyout to left field for the third out to end the threat with the Indians still leading.
After warming up in each of the first four games and having his opportunity to close out the Friday no-hitter thwarted by the time-limit, Damian Ortiz took over for Navarro in the fifth inning and allowed one unearned run. Navarro ended his day with three strikeouts, four walks and three hits in four innings of work.
Waxahachie eventually added four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for the 7-2 win.
Trevin Robinson and Joey Trevino both finished with two hits, and it was a double by the latter in the fifth inning that chased the first of two Duncanville relief pitchers from the ballgame. Both Trevino and Will Morgan accounted for two RBIs.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith