RED OAK — Three lead changes over the final two innings left the Waxahachie freshman baseball team with another sour taste, as the Red Oak Hawks picked up a second-consecutive win over the Indians.
Due to a rainout Monday, the game held Friday afternoon at Buddy Groom Field in Red Oak was the first time for the Indians to be back on the baseball diamond since falling to the Hawks in the finale of the Finis Turner Memorial Tournament, 12-2. In the rematch, Red Oak rallied for four runs over the last two innings for the walk-off win, 6-5.
Waxahachie got on the board first after DJ Hollywood laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Aaron Tesei to third base and BG Winn to second in the top of the first inning. Two batters later, Tesei scored on a Christian Martinez groundout to the Red Oak shortstop for a 1-0 Indian lead.
It was again a Hollywood bunt to move Tesei to third base and Winn to second that set the table for the next Waxahachie scoring opportunity. This time, Martinez shot a single into left field to plate both runners for a 3-0 Waxahachie lead in the top of the third inning.
On the bump for the Indians, Cris Gonzalez ran into his only rough patch in the bottom half of the third inning. The right-handed hurler finished the game with five strikeouts and just two hits allowed over his five innings of work.
In the Red Oak half of the third, a four-pitch walk followed by a pop out and a pair of singles loaded the bases full of Hawks with one out. A second walk followed by a fielder's choice to Martinez at shortstop plated the only two Hawks Gonzales allowed to score during his outing.
Red Oak scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning without recording a hit to take a 5-3 lead. The Indians responded to knot the game in the top of the seventh inning in the same fashion, as a pair of walks issued to Eric Jendrezy and Elijah Martinez scored Winn and Hacker.
Red Oak then scored the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh when Winn caught a fly ball in shallow left field but collided with Hacker, who was playing third base, in the process. The Red Oak base runner scored easily from third base for the 6-5 win. Waxahachie freshman head coach Brad Davis said both players would be OK.
The freshman ballclub returns to Richards Park for a Monday afternoon tilt against Midlothian. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith