There were no answers for Will Morgan at the dish or on the bump Tuesday night at Buddy Groom Field in Red Oak.
The Waxahachie junior tossed six innings of one-hit baseball with six strikeouts in the 11-2 defeat of the Hawks in the third District 10-5A game for the two teams this season. Morgan (3-1, 1.79 ERA) was charged with two runs — one earned — and finished 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI.
Waxahachie head baseball coach said he was proud of the way his team swung the bat, especially early, during the district win.
“Eleven runs, you're going to win a few games scoring eleven runs, aren’t you? I thought we were good enough. We did a good job competing," Wood said. "We hit the ball well. They kicked it around. They had five errors and kicked it around giving us some chances, so we took advantage of them.
"We hit a lot of early balls really hard that were caught. So, I thought that we swung the bat really well. There’s a whole different ballgame going on Friday night. So, we know we have to be ready for that.
Wood added, "They will ready to play us again Friday night. I promise you that. We have to be ready to play.”
Ryan Crawly wrapped up the game on the mound for the Tribe with one strikeout, one hit and one walk in his lone inning of work.
Stephen Briggs was charged with the loss after he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in his 2.2 innings pitched. Red Oak used four pitchers in total. The Hawks were outhit by the Indians 11-2.
Red Oak head baseball coach Jay Johnson said, “We just came out flat, booted the ball around and kicked it around. In the sixth we had the bases loaded, and I was just hoping that we would compete to the end and not give up. Friday night will, hopefully, be a different game. That’s the way baseball goes. Sometimes you struggle. It will be a new day tomorrow.”
He added, "Facing them again, we have to clean it up and play errorless baseball and put the ball in play."
Waxahachie jumped on the board first when Joey Trevino (1-4, 3B, RBI) tripled home Morgan four batters into the game. The two later scored to give Waxahachie a 3-1 lead in the third inning courtesy of a Red Oak fielding error and Jordan Fay 1-3, 2B) sacrifice bunt.
The Hawks scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Jordan Trotter (0-2, RBI, BB) grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Tallon Heine.
Trevino nearly added to the 3-1 Indian lead in the top of the fourth inning when he sent a rocket deep to right field. Aiden Hart turned, ran toward the outfield fence and made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch for the third out to strand one runner on base.
The Hawks did not manage to scratch a run in the bottom half of the frame, but a hit batter with no outs did end Morgan’s string of eight-straight batters retired. Hernan Zamora was left stranded on second base after swiping the bag without a throw. Morgan recovered to induce a weak pop out, recorded his third strikeout and then got a looping fly ball to center field to end the inning with Waxahachie still leading, 3-1.
Waxahachie added to its lead in the top of the fifth inning.
Brandon Snowden made the most of his second opportunity with the bases loaded when he sent the baseball through the left side of the infield to plate Fay and Jovanny Mijares with one out. Both runs were unearned after a third Red Oak error.
Peyton Graham singled up the middle on the sixth pitch of his at-bat to score Sage Hampton. Snowden later scored on a fourth Hawk fielding error.
The Indians sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning and headed to the bottom of the frame with a 7-1 lead.
Waxahachie struck again in the top of the sixth inning when Hampton launched his first home run of the season — a three-run shot — over the center field fence at Buddy Groom Field in Red Oak.
The round-tripper put Waxahachie on top 10-1. Graham scored a few batters later when Morgan singled to left field to cap the second-consecutive four-run Indian frame.
Red Oak scratched its second and last run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning courtesy of three walks and a Tristan Olphant sacrifice fly to center field.
The Hawks went away quietly in the bottom of the seventh inning of the 11-2 loss.
Hampton drove in a game-high three runs, while he, Snowden and Aaron Tesei all scored twice.
Waxahachie and Red Oak conclude the two-game regular-season series at 7 p.m. Friday at Paul Richards Park in Waxahachie. The Indians are now 7-9-1 on the season and 2-1 in district action, while the Hawks fell to 2-1 in District 10-5A and are now 7-7 this season.
Additional reporting by Mike Sackett/Daily Light.