Bouncing back from a tough loss to Mansfield Summitt on Thursday night the Waxahachie Indians opened play Friday in the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament with a 6-3 win against Cedar Hill.
Ryan Cawthon picked up the win for the Indians pitching five and a third innings allowing seven hits while striking out seven batters. Cameron Phillips picked up a save by recording two outs in the sixth to end the game.
“I did not have the heat so I had to get the mid-speeds up and throw the change-ups and curve balls for strikes. I got a lot of big hits behind me,” Cawthon said. “It was a good game.”
Waxahachie had six hits in the game with four of the hits coming at big moments to drive in runs.
“We had good pitching, Ryan threw well. We finally got some big hits and our sophomores played pretty good.” Waxahachie head coach Tracy Wood said. “Really, I am just glad we bounced back. That was a tough loss last night in the late innings and I am glad to see us bounce back from that.”
“That is what I expect them to do. We have a lot of seniors and they have got to know how to do that. Now we just have to find a way to win those games in the bottom instead of lose those games in the bottom.”
With two on in the top of the first, sophomore David Villarreal came through with the first of the big hits for the Indians Friday with a double to right that gave Waxahachie a 2-1 lead.
Senior Jeremy Escobar got the start at third and in his first at-bat singled to right to drive in Trent Armstrong, who led off the third with a walk.
With runners on the corners and two away sophomore David Martinelli doubled to left pushing across two more runs as the Indians built a 5-2 lead.
Cawthon retired the Longhorns with ease the next three innings before the Waxahachie offense went back to work in the bottom of the fifth.
Armstrong doubled with two outs before Cawthon helped himself out with a single to center that drove in Waxahachie’s sixth run.
Cedar Hill scored on two hits in the sixth but the damage was limited as the Indians pulled out their second win of the tournament.
Looking to find the right combination in the lineup before opening district play Tuesday, Wood moved Villarreal to the No. 4 spot and gave Escobar a chance to show what he can do. Both moves proved beneficial in the win as the two combined to drive in three runs.
“I have been doing it in all the tournaments. We have been moving guys around. We have played 15 guys and 11 and 12 pretty consistently. We are just moving guys around,” Wood said. “If you have a guy at the top of the order he is going to see a lot of breaking balls. If he is struggling a little bit you just move him down a little bit and see if he can get some more fastballs to get him going. Those guys at the top of the order are our best hitters and up there for a reason but we move them around a little bit to see if they can get it going.”
Villarreal, Martinelli, Bosch, Escobar, Cawthon and Armstrong had the hits for the Indians in the win against Cedar Hill while Chase Rudolph continued to show his arm behind the plate and picked off a Longhorn runner in the second.
District 15-4A play opens against Terrell on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.