KENNEDALE — Levi David does not like for baseballs to be in his wheelhouse. Jackson Leath does not like for Yellowjackets to hit baseballs.
The Waxahachie Indians do not like to lose baseball games.
After seeing a seven-game win streak snapped Thursday in game one of the 5A Region II quarterfinals against Cleburne, the Indians used two David home runs and a complete game from Leath for an 11-1 game-two win Friday to even the series.
Leath recorded the first two of his nine strikeouts around a Javier Torres single in the top of the first inning. He then got Marcos Guereca to weakly ground out to Ryan Allen at first base for the third out.
Unfortunately for Yellowjacket fans, Cleburne starting pitcher Landon Cody did not fair as well in the Indian-half of the inning.
With Peyton Graham on second base, Levi David belted his third home run of the season for a quick 2-0 Waxahachie lead. The blast to left field was his first round-tripper since March 17 against Red Oak. Ryan Allen singled home Alec Sanchez two batters later to tack a third run on the scoreboard. Sanchez ran through a Tracy Wood stop sign at third base, which brought a sheepish grin from the skipper after he did not draw a throw to plate. The run batted in was the second in as many at-bats for Allen, who also singled home a run during the sixth inning of game one Thursday.
A single by Cleburne right fielder Coy Sims plated the only run for the Yellowjackets in the top of the second inning to cut the Indian lead to 3-1. Sims was left stranded on base when Leath recorded his third strikeout of the ballgame to end the Cleburne half of the second.
Then, the Waxahachie bats responded — loudly.
Tyler Navarro started the offense with a double to right field and Trey Thompson followed with a single to put two runners on base with no one outs in the bottom of the second inning. A Peyton Graham sacrifice bunt and David single plated both for a 5-1 Indian lead.
The Tribe then used five hits over the next two innings — highlighted by a second home run to left field by David, this time of the three-run variety — to build a 10-1 lead.
The offensive outburst was more than enough for Leath, who exited the game after recording his ninth strikeout. The senior scattered eight hits over his six innings of work.
"That's exactly what we had to have," said assistant coach Jim Miller to Leath as the two shook hands outside of the third-base dugout in the bottom of the sixth inning. "Heck of job right there."
Leath was rewarded with a complete game when Allen drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth inning for the "walk off" run-rule win, 11-1.
The win-or-go-home game three is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Kennedale High School.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith