The Waxahachie Indian junior varsity baseball team wrapped up the season with a 19-4 overall record after splitting games with Corsicana and Ennis to win the district championship.
Waxahachie defeated Corsicana 5-2 on Friday, April 16, before Ennis stunned the Indians with a 16-13 win in the season finale Saturday, April 17.
ďAll in all we had a great season. We started off the year fast winning a lot of games. We fought through adversity when key players were injured, had role players step in and do a great job filling in positions,Ē coach Jake Frias said.
ďI canít say enough about the junior leaders we had on this team. They came to play the game every day and got better every at-bat. Although the end of the season didnít go as planned, I thought we still played hard and expected to win. I expect a lot of great things from these boys in the future. They want to get better every game and expect to win no matter who they are playing. You canít teach that and that will take them a long ways.Ē
Corsicana took a 1-0 lead on the Indians in the Friday game before the Indians pushed across three runs in the fifth for the win.
Travis Stroope, Jamie Ortiz and Micah Lett all pitched in the win while Dillon Yates went 3-for-3 with two RBI to help pace the offense. John Castellanos, Blake Gonzales and Nick Garvin also had a multi-hit game.
In the season-ending loss to Ennis the Lions took a 9-0 lead in the bottom of the second on Waxahachie errors.
Waxahachie fought back and scored seven runs in the third before Ennis added three in the bottom half of the inning.
Trailing 12-7 the Indians continued to fight and scored four in the fourth.
Waxahachie tied the game at 12 in the sixth before Ennis added six runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead to stay.
Kolton Smith started the game on the mound for Waxahachie while Jake Bosher, Lett and Castellanos also pitched. Leading hitters were Dillon Yates 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. A.C. Clark 2-for-3, Hayden Howell went 2-for-2 and Blake Gonzales went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Stroope was 2-for-4 with a home run.
In three meetings with the Lions this season the Indians won the first two, 8-3 and 4-3.
The Indians finished district in first place with a 9-3-1 record with losses coming to Ennis, Poteet (6-2) and Red Oak (6-4).
The only non-district loss the Indians suffered was a 7-4 decision against Midlothian in tournament action.
Waxahachie opened the season with nine consecutive victories before the loss to Midlothian in the Red Oak tournament.
In the streak of nine wins the Indians won the Finis Turner memorial tournament in Waxahachie and the Ennis tourney.