FORT WORTH – Birdville jumped out to a quick lead but the Waxahachie Indians battled back to take game two of the Western Hills Cougar Classic 11-7 in six innings.
With the win the Indians improve to 8-5 on the season and are scheduled to be back in action today at Country Day High School with back-to-back games against Brock and Country Day starting at 3.
Waxahachie defeated Birdville 14-1 in the First Pitch Classic to open the season and the Hawks were ready for revenge and scored four runs in the first inning off Waxahachie pitcher Ryan Cawthon.
The junior right hander battled back, regained composure and pitched five innings to pick up the win as the Waxahachie offense pounded out 16 hits en route to the four-run win.
“Ryan did not start out with his best day but he battled back. He competed right there and I am glad to see that because you are not going to have your best stuff every time you go out there,” Waxahachie head coach Tracy Wood said. “He did not have his best stuff starting the game but battled back, kept competing and gave us chances.”
Waxahachie tied the game at five with two runs in the bottom of the third before breaking it open in the bottom of the fourth with four runs, two off the bat of sophomore David Martinelli.
With two away in the inning and David Villarreal on second, Martinelli crushed the first home run of the tournament, a 375-foot shot over the right field fence to give the Indians a 9-5 lead.
“Coach talked to me before the game because last game I did not do too good. I was early on everything but he calmed me down and I got in the zone,” Martinelli said. “We were reading the ball out of the pitcher’s hand and hitting the ball all over the place. It was a good game.”
Martinelli was 3-for-4 with four RBI in the win and drove in the final run of the game on a single to right before time expired in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“The biggest thing today was that we pounded the baseball. We flat hit our way back into the game. We were down four runs and ended up winning by four. That’s a pretty good day right there,” Wood said.
Waxahachie was retired in order in the top of the first but had at least two hits an inning the rest of the way. Villarreal was also 3-for-4 while Michael Bosch, Seth Sims and Andrew Smith all had two hits each. Nine different players had at least one hit for the Indians while Smith, Jeremy Escobar (2), Cameron Phillips and McLeroy drove runs in.
Cawthon pitched five innings, allowing seven hits while striking out three before being relieved by Phillips in the sixth. Phillips walked one but struck out three in his inning of work.