EVERMAN

The playoff run is over for the Waxahachie Indian baseball team before it ever really got a chance to get started.

After a one-run loss to open the 5A Region II bi-district championship, Joshua completed the two-game sweep of the Tribe Friday night at Everman High School, 10-7.

The first-round exit marks just the second time a Tracy Wood-led Indian ballclub has failed to reach at least the second round in his 11 seasons as the skipper. The only other instance was in 2010 when the Tribe missed the playoffs altogether.

The Indians last bowed out in the bi-district round of the playoffs in 2007, when they were bested by future MLB starting pitcher Shelby Miller and the Brownwood Lions in three games.

Waxahachie ends the season with a 16-13-1 record.

GAME ONE

A three-run sixth inning supplied the Joshua Owls with all of their offense in a 3-2 win against Waxahachie to open the bi-district championship Thursday night at Grand Prairie High School.

Both teams accounted for three hits and committed one error.

Connery Peters earned the win for the Owls on the bump. He tossed 6.1 innings of two-hit baseball and stuck out 11. He also walked five and allowed two runs (one earned).

Both of those runners — Campbell Sullivan and Aaron Tesei — reached on free passes. Sullivan scored on a Peyton Graham single in the fifth inning and Tesei on Jivonnay Mijares' single to left field in the top of the seventh.

Breck Galbreath closed out the Owls win on 18 pitches. He struck out one Indian and allowed his lone hit to Mijares.

Peyton Graham took the hard-luck loss. In just his second start on the mound and third appearance on the season, Graham struck out three, walked two and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits.

GAME TWO

The Joshua bats were hot early Friday night at Everman High School against Waxahachie in game two of the bi-district championship.

But the sticks cooled almost long enough for the Indians to make a game of it — even after being down to their final out and twice the last strike.

The two teams combined to send seven pitchers to the mound during the 10-7 Owls victory.

A six-spot in the top of the second inning and four more runs in the fourth had Joshua on top of Waxahachie 10-1 as they headed into the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Indians then sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs on singles by Peyton Graham, Joey Trevino and Brandon Snowden.

All six runs were scored with two outs.

Matt Haley eventually earned the win after he tossed 6.2 innings, struck out 11, walked four and allowed two runs (both earned). He exited after hitting the pitch-count limit and gave way to Breck Galbreath, who promptly allowed five runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks without recording an out.

Andrew Bell entered to record the final out — a strikeout — on six pitches.

Parker Renfro was hung with the loss after he allowed four runs (all earned) on six hits over two innings. He struck out one and did not issue a walk.

Campbell Sullivan, Trevor Mott and Ryan Crawly also took the bump for at least one full inning.

Joshua outhit Waxahachie 12-6 on the evening.