With a 5-3 record on the season and a 1-0 mark in district play the Waxahachie Indians freshman team will host the Finis Turner Memorial Tournament this weekend at Richards Park.
Tournament action begins today at 10 a.m. against Ennis before Lake Dallas plays Lancaster at noon, Midlothian plays Mesquite at 2 p.m. and Red Oak plays Poteet at 4. Play resumes Friday at 10 a.m.
Unlike the Robert Dulin Memorial Tournament, the freshman tournament will be bracket formatted with the championship game set for 4 p.m. Saturday.
Waxahachie opened the season in the Ennis tournament and lost to Hewitt Midway and Forney before bouncing back with a 12-0 win against Seagoville.
Evan Jones started the season opener against Midway and allowed four runs in three innings while striking out five. Colton Lott finished the game and pitched two innings, allowing two runs while fanning one.
Casey Williams led the Waxahachie offense by going 2-for-3 with a two-run triple.
Midway rallied late in the game and doubled with two outs to drive in two runs that won the game.
Undeterred the Indians fought hard against Forney but lost 10-7. Jones homered and Sammy Ernst was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk while Casey Williams and Patrick Lawrence saw time on the mound.
Jake Loose picked up the win in the game against Seagoville as he struck out six. Tyler Johnson closed the door on the Dragons by striking out five in three innings.
Waxahachie continued its winning streak into the Red Oak tournament and picked up wins over Ennis, Joshua and Corsicana to advance to the tournament championship game.
In the championship game the Indians faced off with rival Midlothian and lost 11-3.
Opening the tournament with a 12-2 win against Ennis the Indians used the pitching of Loose and Lott to hold the Lions at bay. Loose was 3-for-3 at the plate with three singles while Braden Henry had three hits and was a home run short of the cycle. Logan Dorsett was 3-for-3 as well while Casey Williams had two hits, both doubles.
Jones picked up the win against Joshua as the Indians won 12-1. Conner Maines was 2-for-3 while Christian Millorn was 1-for-1.
Patrick Lawrence, Zach Garvin and Tyler Johnson all pitched in the Indians’ 11-8 win against Corsicana.
Henry was 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run, a triple and a double. Ernst and Dorsett had hits while Loose was 3-for-3 with a double, single and inside-the-park home run.
In their first non-tournament game the Indians defeated Forney 11-1 as Lott pitched three innings before Jones closed it out with three innings of work while striking out five.
Loose continued to swing the bat well and was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt while Ernst was 2-for-2 and Johnson was 2-for-3. Dalton Bradbury also had a hit to help the Indians jump out to a 1-0 start in district.
“The kids are starting to swing the bat really well and playing defense behind the pitcher. We lost a tough two first games of the season against Midway and Forney in late innings. I am proud of them for bouncing back and starting a four-game winning streak in the Red Oak tournament and then getting their first district win against Forney,” Waxahachie coach Derek Zandt said.
After this weekend’s tournament the Indians are scheduled to play Saturday, March 19, at Mesquite Poteet. The district game will be a double header at Copeland Field starting at noon.