Mansfield Summit spoiled the 2018 home opener for the Waxahachie Indians at Paul Richards Park with a 3-1 win Tuesday night.
Will Morgan took the hard-luck loss for Waxahachie on the bump. He struck out five, walked one and was charged with all three earned runs in 6.1 innings of work.
Santiago Sepulveda picked up the win after allowing just one run and striking out six Indians over his six innings on the mound. Payne Rodgers picked up the save for the Jaguars.
The lone Waxahachie run came by way of a Ryan Allen solo blast to straightaway center field in the bottom of the second inning. The home run was the first of the season for Allen.
Logan Marshall (2-3, HR, BB) put Summit on the board when he went the other way with an outside pitch for a two-run home run just over the right-field fence.
The longball was the lone blemish on Morgan's outing on the bump over the next four innings.
He did find himself in a tight spot with runners on the corners and no outs in the top of the sixth inning.
The big junior fielded his position nicely on a bunt back up the middle to get the first out with a shovel toss to Brandon Snowden behind the dish for the first out. Morgan again cleanly fielded a comebacker — this time hit weakly off of the end of a Jaguar bat — to get the second out at second base via a fielder's choice. Two pitches later he induced a weak groundball to Indian second baseman Jovanny Mijares for an easy flip to Allen at first for out number three.
Morgan exited the still-tied ballgame (1-1) with one out and runners on first and second in the top of the seventh inning.
Parker Renfro came on in relief and promptly allowed a Texas-league single to shallow-left-field. The one-out hit by Summit's Garret Gallagher loaded the bases full of Jaguars. Marshall followed suit with a single off of the webbing of shortstop Campbell Sullivan's outstretched glove.
The single to left field died in short left field in the damp Richards Park grass and allowed a pair of Jaguars to score.
Back-to-back groundballs to Mijares ended the inning with Summit on top, 3-1.
Juan Hernandez, who recorded the only other Waxahachie hit Tuesday night, led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk. The Indians went away quietly after the base-on-balls.
Waxahachie is now 5-9-1 on the season and 0-1 in District 10-5A. The Tribe has lost four out of the last five times out.
Summit improved to 4-10-1 on the year.
Waxahachie and Summit conclude the regular-season series at 7 p.m. Friday in Mansfield at Jaguar Field.