FORT WORTH – Nick Moore was staked to a 3-0 lead before he ever took the mound but in the end the senior south paw needed just a couple of runs to pick up the win in the opening game of the Western Hills Cougar Classic.
Moore struck out a career high 12 batters as the Indians rolled to an 8-1 win against host Western Hills Thursday in the first game of the five-game tournament.
“I threw well. Coach Miller was calling good pitches and me and Chase were on the same page,” Moore said. “My curveball, change up and fastball were all working well. I was really surprised to get that many looking strikeouts because I never strike anybody out. It was kind of cool.”
Western Hills pushed across one run on two hits in the bottom of the first but was held to three hits the rest of the seven-inning game as Moore kept the hitters off-balance and caught a half dozen sleeping at the plate.
“You cannot pitch much better than he did today,” Waxahachie head coach Tracy Wood said. “He was getting ahead in the count and throwing breaking balls and change ups for strikes, that is the bottom line. That is his game. The last two pitching performances we had, Kyle’s against Terrell and now Nick’s, give us a chance to be pretty good. I think his performance today was the best I have seen him throw the baseball.”
Moore struck out at least one batter an inning and finished the game with a strikeout with two runners on to complete a performance that made the nine-hit, eight-run performance by the Waxahachie offense seem small.
“We got some big hits and took advantage of some mistakes they made and got a win out of it,” Wood added.
David Martinelli singled in Waxahachie’s first run of the game before Cameron Phillips tripled down the right field line to give the Indians a 3-0 lead.
Trent Armstrong tripled leading off the second and scored on a grounder by Michael Bosch to put the Indians on top 4-1.
Bosch doubled leading off the fifth and scored the fifth run for the Indians on a passed ball before Martinelli and Phillips drove in the final runs of the game.
Leading 5-1 in the seventh Martinelli stepped to the plate with two on and singled in a run before Phillips doubled to center giving the Indians the seven-run lead.