Waxahachie opened the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament with a bang scoring 13 runs in five innings in a run-rule win against Arlington Seguin, 13-0, Thursday morning.
The Indians were held hitless through the first three but managed to push across four runs by taking advantage of Seguin mistakes and using small ball.
“Early we took what they gave us. We did not chase bad pitches, we took the walk, played some small ball, moved some runners and took what they gave us,” Waxahachie coach Tracy Wood said. “Then we started swinging a little bit towards the end. We’ll take it, its a W.”
Trent Armstrong picked up the win and held Seguin to one hit through five innings while striking out three.
“Last week in the tournament he was not as sharp as usual but I am glad to see him come back and be sharp today. He throws a lot of strikes and that is what we have got to have,” Wood said.
With Armstrong and the Waxahachie defense holding Seguin in check the Indian offense took advantage of six walks in the first three innings to build a 4-0 lead before the bats came alive in the fourth.
“It goes to show that if you walk everybody, don’t play defense and don’t throw strikes you are not going to win,” Waxahachie center fielder Michael Bosch said. “We were coming around towards the end of the game and made the most of it.”
Armstrong walked to lead off the fourth before Cody Brown reached on a bunt. With one away, Bosch hit a line shot to third that bounced into the visitor’s bullpen giving the Indians a 5-0 lead.
Seth Sims walked to load the bases before David Martinelli doubled to left center driving in three. Kyle McLeroy followed with a double to push across Martinelli before a single by David Villarreal scored McLeroy.
The 10-0 lead forced a Seguin pitching change but the Waxahachie offense continued to roll.
Cameron Phillips singled to third before pinch-hitter Nick Moore singled to left driving in Villarreal. Will Atkins loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single before Bosch picked up his second hit of the inning to push across the game’s final two runs.
All nine of Waxahachie’s hits came in the fourth inning but the Indians scored two in the first, two in the third and nine in the fourth.
Bosch and Sims opened the bottom of the first with walks before McLeroy walked with one away to load the bases. A ground ball off the bat of Villarreal scored two giving the Indians the lead.
The third inning started a lot like the first as Bosch, Sims and Martinelli walked to load the bases before McLeroy missed a grand slam by a couple of feet with a sacrifice fly to right. Villarreal laid down a sacrifice bunt to drive in the fourth run.