CORSICANA — A hot start to a three-day tournament at Corsicana High School cooled quickly when the Indian baseball team ran into a pair of Forney ballclubs.
After rallying for a walk-off win against Robert E. Lee High School in the early game Friday, (11-3) No. 7 Waxahachie dropped its last two games of the tournament against No. 12 Forney and North Forney.
In the win against Robert E. Lee, the Indians scratched their first two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Alec Sanchez doubled to left field and scored Alex Castillo and Devon Lopez. The pair of RBIs cut the Waxahachie deficit to 3-2, but the Raiders tacked on one run in the top of the seventh for a two-run lead.
The first two Indians reached in the bottom half of the frame via a walk and error, and Joey Trevino capitalized with a double to left field. His two-base knock scored Trevin Robinson and moved Sanchez to third.
After a pitch hit Sage Hampton, back-to-back singles from Peyton Graham and Ryan Allen scored Sanchez and Trevino for the walk-off win.
The Allen single also rewarded the efforts of senior hurler Cory Woodhouse (2-1), who went the distance on the mound. Woodhouse finished with two earned runs and scattered eight hits with four strikeouts in his complete-game win.
The momentum from the walk-off win did not carry over to the second game Friday, as Forney jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. The Jackrabbits touched up Jackson Leath for 10 runs on 12 hits in 3.2 innings en route to the first run-rule loss for the Indians this season.
Levi David slugged his first home run of the season to serve as the bright spot at the plate for the Indians, who, as a team, collected just five hits with eight strikeouts.
Waxahachie returned to Corsicana Saturday afternoon for the finale of the weekend tournament and squandered a well-pitched ballgame by Tyler Navarro and Will Morgan against North Forney, 3-1. The Indians stranded 12 base runners against the Falcons after drawing six walks and scattering seven hits.
The lone Waxahachie run came in the top of the fourth inning when Lopez singled through the right side of the infield to plate Sanchez.
Waxahachie will now turn its sights on the District 10-5A schedule, as the Indians open the slate Tuesday, March 14 against Mansfield Summit. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Mansfield Summit High School. The Indians will play their first district home game Friday at 7 p.m. against Red Oak.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith