Don’t let the 2-3 start to District 15-4A be misleading, the Waxahachie Indians are far better than their record.
Waxahachie opened district with an 11-1 run-rule victory over Terrell before dropping three straight games in which it held the opposition to two runs or less. The Indians returned to the win column Friday with a 6-1 win over West Mesquite.
Entering tonight’s game in Lancaster, Waxahachie pitchers have posted an 0.88 ERA through the first five district games.
Waxahachie has not allowed more than two runs a game in district and the last time the team allowed more than two runs a game was six games ago on March 12 in a 10-3 tournament win against Lakeview Centennial.
The first half of district play comes to an end Saturday as the Indians take on top seed Mesquite Poteet in Mesquite. Poteet has won 50 straight district games and kept the streak alive by knocking Corsicana off the first place pedestal 1-0 earlier this season.
Before getting a chance to break Poteet’s historic record the Indians will have to deal with county rival Ennis on Friday at Richards Park.
The back-to-back games to end the first half of the district campaign will go a long way in determining where the Indians stand as the playoff push begins next week.
One thing Waxahachie has not had to worry about through the first five district games is who will take the ball.
Kyle McLeroy, Nick Moore and Trent Armstrong have combined to start the first five games while Ryan Cawthon and Cameron Phillips have made relief appearances.
The relievers have pitched two innings without allowing a run while McLeroy has allowed three earned runs in 17 innings pitched, good for a 1.23 ERA.
Moore allowed one earned run in a 2-1 loss to Forney while Armstrong allowed an unearned run in the Indians’ win over West Mesquite.
The Waxahachie pitching is right where coach Tracy Wood expected it to be entering the season.
“I think we have got more than three pitchers. I am not a bit afraid to throw Ryan Cawthon, Trent Armstrong or Cameron Phillips. We are using Cameron in a (closer) situation but I would not be afraid to start him tomorrow. I knew we had some arms coming in I just did not know our bats were going to go cold coming into district,” Wood said.
On the season the Indians’ starters have posted an ERA of 1.66 while the bats were electric in non-district play.
With the West Mesquite game the bats are starting to bust out of a four-game cold spell that saw just four runs cross the plate.
Waxahachie is batting .288 in district play, .321 on the season, as second baseman Seth Sims is leading the offensive charge in district with a .400 average. Five players are batting .300 or better in district.
On the bases the Indians are 21-for-21 in stolen bases through the five games but getting on base has been tough as the team has faced the opposition’s best and have a .364 on-base percentage.
As the first half comes to an end this weekend the Indians have reason to believe the second half will produce more wins than the first. If it does look for the playoffs to be filled with green.
“Corsicana, Forney and Red Oak are all good teams and this district is really solid. I think teams are going to beat up on each other in this district and I do not think anybody, even Poteet, will skate through,” Wood said. “We have been squaring up the ball and it is about time it starts falling. We have the pitching, once we bust out of this slump we will be a dangerous team.”