Every baseball season it seems to be the same old story. Ennis, Waxahachie and Midlothian battle each other for the district championship. And then the Big-3 battle Red Oak, Corsicana, Lancaster and Arlington Seguin for the other two playoff spots.
Everyone speaks of the Ennis-Waxahachie rivalry, but the Ennis-Midlothian rivalry in baseball is just as big.
In the recent past, Corsicana and Red Oak both fielded teams that made it to the playoffs - but this year Corsicana has a young team and their coach of eight years moved over to coach the Big Green in Waxahachie.
The 2008 pre-season nod, to win the district title, is Waxahachie (4-0). Midlothian (3-1) lost to the Tribe 8-0 last week.
Ennis (3-1) has compiled a 13-4-1 overall record and find themselves in the thick of the race for a playoff berth.
“We’ve been getting good pitching and hitting so far,” Coach Kalinec said.
Weston Montgomery, Chris Lewis and Rusty Collins have all hit well. Each has a batting average of .450 or better.
Collins leads the Lions with 28 RBI.
On the hill Montgomery and Lewis have been a lethal combination this weason, with left-handed Lewis sporting a 3-0 record and right-handed Montgomery a 5-1 record.
Montgomery was tagged with the only district loss, to Midlothian, where he gave up three unearned runs.
“Wes has thrown well and has a 0.20 ERA,” Kalinec said.
Having two pitchers of this caliber can also cause the Lion coach to have to move his lineups around as both are very good position players as well as hurlers.
With Montgomery on the mound Lewis is usually in center field, Corey Betik in right, and either Nathan Dixon or Edward Ortiz in left. Third base belongs to Collins, while Tyler Hobbs moves over to short. Seth Zhanel is on first and Jon Lewis behind the plate.
With Lewis on the mound, Montgomery roams the infield at short. Hobbs moves over to second with Collins at third and Zhanel at first.
The outfield is comprised of Dixon in center, Betik in right and Edward Ortiz in left when the righty is on the mound.
Jon Lewis calls signals behind the plate.
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