As the 2011 Waxahachie High School baseball season is set to open this weekend at home the Indians got their feet wet Thursday-Saturday in the First Pitch Classic.
Waxahachie opened the annual tournament by splitting games against Birdville and Grapevine Thursday before knocking off Saginaw 8-3 Friday.
Moving from Grapevine High School to Keller High the Indians split games on Saturday with a 5-4 win over Richland and a 5-2 loss to Keller.
In the season opener the Indians pounded Birdville 14-1 and the big advantage helped the Tribe outscore its opponents 32-17 in the five-game weekend.
Waxahachie (3-2) will make its debut at Richards Park Thursday to open the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament with a 9 a.m. first pitch against Arlington Seguin. The Indians will cap a full day of action at Richards Park with a 7 p.m. game against Mansfield Summitt.
Cedar Hill and Midlothian will be Waxahachie’s opponents Friday in the tourney.
In the game against Saginaw on Friday, Cameron Phillips and Kyle McLeroy were both 2-for-2 batting second and third in the lineup while the Indians managed nine hits in the game.
Michael Bosch, David Martinelli, Andrew Smith, Seth Sims and Chase Rudolph all had one hit while Indian pitchers allowed just three hits while striking out nine Saginaw players.
Trent Armstrong pitched the first three innings for Waxahachie and picked up the win allowing just one hit and striking out four. Phillips pitched three innings in relief and struck out five while allowing two hits.
Ryan Cawthon picked up the win as the Indians defeated Richland 5-4 Saturday.
He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on two hits while walking five and striking out four. Phillips pitched 2.2 innings in relief and allowed three hits and two walks while fanning two.
Waxahachie had nine hits in the game with McLeroy continuing to tear it up at the plate. The senior was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Smith was 2-for-3 with a run scored while Bosch, Phillips, Cody Brown and Rudolph all had hits.
In the tournament finale against Keller the Indians were held to three hits and scored runs in the first and sixth inning in the 5-2 loss.
Keller took a 2-1 lead after one before scoring three in the bottom of the fifth to pull ahead. The Indians answered with one in the sixth but could not complete the comeback.
Martinelli led the Waxahachie offense and was 2-for-3 at the plate while Villarreal had the other Waxahachie hit. Both sophomores drove in the only two runs of the game.
Nick Moore pitched the first three innings for Waxahachie and allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out three. Bosch pitched 1.2 innings in relief and allowed four hits and two runs before Smith finished the game.
Bosch finished the tournament with a .417 batting average. Smith had a .444 mark while McLeroy led the team with a .455 average.