Ennis – Less than 24 hours after clinching a playoff berth and ending the Mesquite Poteet 59-game district winning streak with a 4-3 emotional win on Friday night in Waxahachie, the Indians turned around Saturday at noon to play for seeding against the Red Oak Hawks.
In an epic battle between the Elles County rivals Robert Elles proved to be the difference as his third inning solo home run was enough as the Hawks pulled out a 1-0 win.
With the loss the Indians finished as the fourth seed in district. Red Oak lost to Forney to become the third seed.
Waxahachie sent to the mound senior Nick Moore, who after two innings against Red Oak’s Elles pitched to a scoreless tie.
Moore retired the first two hitters in the top of the third inning, before giving up a home run to his pitching counterpart, Elles, giving Red Oak a 1-0 lead.
After the third inning, Moore allowed three more Hawks into scoring position but was able to work out of each jam including a fifth inning bases loaded situation by striking out the last hitter of the inning.
Red Oak’s top three hitters went 5-for-8 against Moore while the bottom two thirds of the order could not make good contact off the Waxahachie southpaw. Hitters four through nine went a meager 2-for-16 with one of those coming on a bunt single.
For Red Oak, Elles allowed three Indians into scoring position from the fourth inning on. In the fifth inning with one out, Waxahachie had men on second and third, but struck out and popped out to third to end the threat. The only Indian to reach base in the sixth and seventh inning was Bosh, who reached on a error in the top of the seventh.
Elles, on the power of his right field shot and seven shutout innings, was able to defeat the Indians 1-0 with five strikeouts.
Bi-district playoffs for Waxahachie open this week against Pflugerville Hendrickson with game one in College Station at A&M Consolidated on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Games two and, if necessary, three would be back-to-back Saturday starting at 2 p.m.