CORSICANA — Fresh off of a sweep of the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament, the Indian baseball team picked right back up where it left off — with a win.
With its newly issued top-10 ranking in the TexasHighSchoolBaseball.com 5A poll, No. 4 (10-1) Waxahachie capitalized on three consecutive fifth-inning walks Thursday morning en route to a 4-1 win over THSB 4A No. 3 (9-2) Robinson. The game was the first of four for the Indians in a three-day tournament hosted by Corsicana.
Levi David (3-0) went the distance in the win with 11 strikeouts over his six innings of work. The senior righty allowed one hit and issued one walk.
In his last two outings, David has 23 strikeouts across his 12 innings of work with just the one hit and one run allowed.
The lone hit afforded Thursday morning to the Rockets came when Braxton Ashcraft doubled to center field after David struck out the first two batters of the ballgame. David bounced back to get Peyton Powell to rollover to Trevin Robinson at shortstop for the third out of the Robinson half of the first inning.
Waxahachie put a pair of runners on base in the first and second innings but failed to come up with a clutch hit to drive one home. In the meantime, David was in full cruise control on the bump, as he retired six straight Rockets before striking out the next three in the top of the fourth inning. He did, however, need a groundout to end the fourth, as Robinson’s Mason Cooper led off the inning by reaching on a dropped third strike.
The Indians finally found the run column in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Ryan Allen doubled to right field to score Peyton Graham, who reached on an eight-pitch walk.
David issued his lone walk in the top of the fifth that would eventually lead to the only run he has allowed in his last two outings. Jordan Rogers first stole second base before being moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. He then scored on a Chandler Kramer ground ball to Robinson at shortstop for the second out of the inning.
Robinson’s Andrew Nering retired the first Indian he faced in the bottom of the fifth inning but then hit a wall, walking Alec Sanchez and Joey Trevino on 11 pitches. Robinson head coach Bryan Kent brought on Cooper in relief, and he promptly walked Sage Hampton on four pitches to load the bases.
Sanchez scored on a David ground ball to first base to retake the Indian lead and an errant throw by the Robinson first baseman plated Trevino to put Waxahachie ahead 3-1 with one out in the fifth inning. Graham then executed a signature Tracy Wood safety squeeze to score Hampton from third.
With a 4-1 lead, David then struck out the last three batters he faced for the final two outs the Indians needed to complete the three-run win. One of those strikeouts reached base on a second dropped-third-strike after David induced a ground ball to Robinson in the hole for the first out of the sixth inning.
The Indians have now outscored their opposition 37-11 during the current six-game winning streak.
After a scheduling change that removed Navarro College as a weekend site, No. 4 Waxahachie will face Tyler Lee at 11:15 a.m. Friday and then square off with THSB No. 8 Forney at 1:30 p.m. The Indians cap the weekend against North Forney at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, with all games played at Corsicana High School.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith