Expecting the limited seating Waxahachie fans sat two to three rows deep in chairs behind home plate while dozens of fans sat along the third baseline and in left field.
Players from both teams rolled out the tarp after the game to protect the field from forecasted rain today. Coaches say they expect the game to be played as scheduled
Both teams had five hits while Waxahachie’s Seth Sims was 2-for-3 as the only player with multiple hits. Nick Moore ended the first three innings with strikeouts and improved his season strikeout total to 68. A strong wind blew in from center field but was not strong enough to keep David Martinelli’s second-inning blast inside the park. Hallsville’s Conner Reich pitched five innings before giving way to Blaise Warrick in the sixth. Warrick retired the only three Waxahachie batters he faced in order.
After scoring one run in each of the first four innings the Indians were retired in order the final two. In the sixth inning the game was delay momentarily because a college scout was trying to video the game from his cell phone.
Waxahachie scored in the first inning as Michael Bosch was hit by a pitch leading off before he stole second. A ground ball to third off the bat of Cameron Phillips was overthrown at first base allowing Bosch to score from second.
Both teams had a player thrown out at the plate. Waxahachie was thrown out in the second trying to score a runner from second base on a single to center by Ryan Cawthon while Hallsville was thrown out in the third on the squeeze attempt. Cawthon made two good plays at first base to save Waxahachie errors. He scooped two balls out of the dirt including a close play in the sixth on the lead off batter.
Moore made two nice defensive plays to halt Hallsville rallies. In the fourth he made a shoe-string catch on a ball softly-lined to the mound and threw to first for a double play. In the sixth he snagged a hard hit grounder up the middle to record the second out. Moore improved to 7-5 on the season with the win while Reich dropped to 7-3.
Waxahachie catcher Chase Rudolph did not allow a passed ball as the field has a lot of foul territory.
Each team left six runners on base. Hallsville entered the game with a .358 team batting average but Waxahachie held them to a .200 average Thursday.
KBEC 1390 was one of two radio stations broadcasting the game while several newspapers are covering the series.
The starting lineup for Waxahachie: CF-Michael Bosch, 2B-Seth Sims, RF-Kyle McLeroy, LF-Cameron Phillips, SS-David Martinelli, DH-David Villarreal, 3B-Cody Brown, C-Chase Rudolph, 1B-Ryan Cawthon.