For the first time in eight playoff games the Waxahachie Indians failed to score a run as Heath scored nine early to pull away Thursday.
The Indians have a history of coming back from 1-0 series deficits under the direction of coach Tracy Wood as the 2008 team trailed Ennis 1-0 after a 10-8 loss in the first game of the quarterfinals before winnings two games to advance to the semis.
Waxahachie actually lost one game in three consecutive playoff series in 2008 before advancing to state.
The majority of this year’s team were freshmen the year Waxahachie finished as state runner-up.
In the opening round of the playoffs this season the Indians took a 1-0 lead before Hendrickson won game two. Waxahachie bounced back in game three to advance.
In order for the Indians to advance this season they will need to win back-to-back games Saturday. The task is a little easier since the Indians are 5-1 at Richards Park in the postseason under the direction of Wood.
Waxahachie’s biggest win during the regular season came at Richards Park in a 4-3 decision against Mesquite Poteet to snap the Pirates’ 59-game district winning streak on April 29.
Waxahachie has won nine of 14 games played at Richards Park this season and has a home winning streak of five games.
Thursday’s game marked the second time in the playoffs where the Indians used three pitchers in the game.
Waxahachie (28-13) used Cameron Phillips, Ryan Cawthon and Trent Armstrong in the first playoff game against Hendrickson before using Nick Moore, Michael Bosch and Andrew Smith last night.
It was Bosch and Smith’s first apperance on the mound in the playoffs.
Bosch pitched the third and fourth innings allowing two runs on two hits in the third. He walked one in the fourth while not allowing a hit. He hit one in the third and also picked up a strike out.
Bosch threw 35 pitches, 17 for strikes, before Smith took over in the fifth.
Smith pitched two innings, allowed one hit, walked one and only threw 16 pitches, nine for strikes.
In the top of the sixth inning Bosch was hit by a pitch on the first pitch he saw from Jake Thompson. The inside pitch ripped open his jersey.
Chase Rudolph made two plays at the plate that resulted in outs for the Indians. He tagged out Jovan Hernandez in the bottom of the second as Hernandez tried scoring from second.
In the bottom of the third Rudolph tagged out Jake Baxter who tried scoring from third on a fly ball to left-fielder Trent Armstrong.
Armstrong, also a pitcher, threw a strike from left to Rudolph behind the plate for the double play. It was the only double play in the game for either team.
Waxahachie fans showed up in mass force again and were treated to Buy 1, Get 1 Free coupons from Oma’s Jiffy Burger. There were more than 100 Waxahachie fans at the game with the Hawks’ Nest not having an empty seat.
Heath left eight runners on base while Waxahachie left five. The nine runs are the most runs surrendered by the Indians in the playoffs this season.
Waxahachie has outscored opponents 44-23 this postseason with three shutouts. Thursday’s game was only the third time all season the Indians have been shutout.