ARLINGTON – With two on and two away in the bottom of the first inning Waxahachie sophomore David Martinelli stepped into the batters box at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Monday for the first time.
A little nervous, he dug in for his first at bat on the Major League Baseball field against Midlothian pitcher Kyler Brown.
Showing the poise of a seasoned veteran inside the box, the left-handed slugger tripled off the 407 sign in right center field, missing a home run by about five feet, driving across the first two runs of the game.
“Playing here is insane. The atmosphere playing here and knowing who has played here is tremendous,” Martinelli said. “I guess I just got lucky on my at-bat. I was a little nervous.”
His 400-foot shot to right center was all the Indians needed in their 3-1 win against Midlothian but Martinelli was not finished at the dish.
With Waxahachie leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth and David Villarreal on second following a double, the No. 5 hole hitter came through again this time on single to right setting up another scoring opportunity for the Indians.
Villarreal advanced to third on the single and scored a couple pitches later as the ball bounced past the Midlothian catcher on a passed ball.
Waxahachie had just three hits in the game, all three by sophomores, as Martinelli was the offensive standout for the Tribe with a 2-for-3 performance as the team’s starting short stop.
Last season he moved to the varsity after the team’s game at the ballpark against Grapevine. He showed he was ready for the varsity level with a home run against district leading Cleburne as the Indians pulled off a late season upset.
Swinging from the left side the Indians have a power threat for the next three years.