Baseball is an annual rite of spring. But spring weather can be mighty uncomfortable, as witnessed last night at Paul Richards Park when Waxahachie (16-2) battered Ennis 8-1.

The victory completed the first half of district play and lifts Hachies’ record to 6-0. Midlothian is in second with a 5-1 record, while Ennis is third at 4-2.

“We are playing well right now,” Waxahachie coach Tracy Wood said. “It all starts with pitching and defense, that’s what we stress - throwing strikes and playing defense. At any level of baseball, its all about pitching and defense.

“I feel pretty good about where we are sitting, but we are only one game up on Midlothian and two on Ennis. We need to remain focused and like the old coaches addage ‘play one game at a time.’”

Junior Colton Cain (7-0) was stellar on the mound scattering three hits, allowing one unearned run and striking out 13, while issuing one walk for the win.

“Colton is pretty sharp right now,” Wood said. “He has been dominating.”

Ennis’ Chris Lewis (3-1) was tagged with the loss.

Lewis pitched five complete innings giving up seven runs, five hits, seven walks and striking out two.

Marshall Davis, playing the hot corner for the Tribe, had the  hot stick with a 2-RBI home run in the second inning and a double off the left field wall in the sixth.

“I wasn’t surprised at Marshall’s performance at the plate. He is hot with the bat right now. He is batting over .500 and has power numbers and RBI,” Wood said.

Boomer Collins had a double and scored two runs in the contest.

The Waxahachie coach explained that a lot of success the Tribe has enjoyed this season is due to the fact that Collins is having a phenomenal season in the lead off position.

“Boomer is batting over .500 and his on-base percentage is over .700. When you have a  leadoff guy that sets the table you have a lot of options,” Wood said.

Despite being masterful on the mound, Cain had an unusual night at the plate. In his first at-bat he was plunked by the first pitch for a walk. The second time up, he received an intentional pass. Then, he was walked on four straight pitches to complete a walk trifecta. Cain’s fourth plate appearance was a little different. He had a swinging strike before he received a five-pitch base on balls.

“Yeah, that was unusual. But, I will tell you that Colton will take getting on base four times every time out,” Wood said.

The Tribe played in Cedar Hill on Saturday and will return to district warfare Tuesday when Corsicana comes to Richards Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Write Jim at jim.perry@wninews.com