MANSFIELD — As Waxahachie head baseball coach Tracy Wood quickly pointed out after the final out was recorded Tuesday night at Mansfield Legacy High School, a team cannot win a ballgame without scoring at least one run.
Wood was not referring to the Broncos, either.
The 6-0 loss suffered by the Indians Tuesday evening against the then-second-place Broncos of Mansfield Legacy marked just the second time this season Waxahachie has failed to find the run column.
"You have to give them credit, but here's the bottom line when you score zero runs, you are not going to win many ballgames. The hit totals were about six to four. We had a couple of errors that cost us. They got a couple big hits when they had to have them and we didn't do that. I'm disappointed with our efforts," Wood said. "We just kind of went through the motions today and I'm not real sure what our approach was right there. It was not very good, not very good at all. We are going to go back to work tomorrow (Wednesday) and see if we can get it fixed."
The wheels fell off of the Indian wagon during the disaster that was the bottom of the third inning for starting pitcher Levi David.
The senior issued a walk to the first batter he faced, watched the second reach on a throwing error by third baseman Tyler Navarro on a slow roller and then piped a fastball that Nate Rombach ripped down the left-field line. The Rombach RBI triple put the Broncos up 3-0 but the UIL 5A Area Finalists from one season ago weren't done yet.
On the next pitch, Grant Moore smoked a line drive back through the middle that nearly took the cap off of David and plated Rombach for a 4-0 Bronco lead.
At the time, the four-run deficit was the largest the Indians had faced in district play.
Legacy tacked on two more runs in the Bronco half of the fifth inning when Moore lined out to the right of Sage Hampton in the right-center-field gap and then scored on passed ball.
"All of these district games are big, and we still control our own destiny here," Wood said. "We have to be ready to play on Friday against Timberview, and these guys are going to learn that they can't just walk into the ballpark and teams are going to rollover. We have to get ready and be ready to play every day."
The Broncos and Indians are now tied atop the District 10-5A standings with an 8-3 mark and three games to play.
Both teams are also now two games clear of a four-way tie for the final two playoff spots and can clinch a postseason berth with a win combined with a loss by any of Red Oak, Midlothian, Mansfield Timberview or Mansfield Lake Ridge.
In addition to the loss, (19-6, 8-3) Waxahachie could be forced to play without the services of starting catcher Trey Thompson. The senior backstop exited the ballgame in obvious pain after being struck by a foul tip near the midsection. Thompson is slashing .288/.377/.308 with eight RBIs this season.
The Indians host Mansfield Timberview at Paul Richards Park at 7 p.m. Friday. Ken Roberts and coach Mike Turner will have the call on KBEC 1390.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith