In his first year as head junior varsity baseball coach Jake Frias has the Waxahachie Indian JV team off to a great start.
After opening the season with a win against Cedar Hill the Indians claimed the Key Turner Tournament championship at Richard Park last weekend and were on the verge of taking another tournament championship through the first two games of the Ennis JV Maroon Tournament.
In the Waxahachie tournament, the Indians defeated Cedar Hill 4-3 to open before topping Mesquite Poteet 8-1 to advance to the championship game. Playing for the title the Indians defeated Forney 6-4 as Kolten Smith threw six innings giving up four runs to get the win while Jaime Ortiz got the save.Travis Stroope threw six complete innings and struck out two in the opening round win against Cedar Hill while Marshall Herron threw four complete innings and had five strikeouts in the win against Poteet.
“We played very well, everyone contributed and did what was asked of them. Our pitchers threw a lot of strikes and the defense played great behind them,” Frias said. “At the plate we got the job done, we had big hits when we needed them and moved runners with bunts very well. It was great to see us get behind early and find a way to win in the championship game. I am excited about the future for this team, I expect a lot of great things.”
Blake Gonzales, Smith and Stroope earned all-tournament honors.
After the tournament the Indians played the Home School and won 8-1. The winning pitcher was Hayden Howell.
Gonzales was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored while Howell contributed at the plate as well going 2-for-3.
Opening the Ennis tournament on Thursday the Indians defeated the Everman II team 21-0 in a four inning run-rule.
Waxahachie (7-0) scored 18 runs in the first inning as Stroope threw all four innings and struck up eight for the win. The Indians defeated Ennis 18-0 Friday to advance to the championship game Saturday.