The Waxahachie Indians baseball team held onto its first place spot in the Class 5A Region II District 14 standings with an 8-0 win over Mansfield Summit on Friday night at Richards Park.
Tyler Navarro, who got the start on the mound for Waxahachie, battled his way through the Jaguars’ batters, he said.
“I had to fight through some at bats and keep the ball down and let the defense work behind me,” Navarro said. “You just have to keep a low pitch count and get the ball in there early, get some ground-outs and not really focus on the strike outs.”
The Indians have been working on hitting fastballs in recent practices and hit the ball well against Summit, head coach Tracy Wood said.
“Monday we talked about doing a better job at fastball counts and I think that game against Red Oak and this game here tonight, we did that. We’re being more aggressive,” Wood said. “We’re good hitters, we just have to do a better job with our approach and I think in our last two games that we’ve done a better job at that.”
One standout Waxahachie batter on Friday was senior second baseman Jake Killion, Wood said.
“We’ve just been trying to hit first-pitch fastballs and been getting better at it,” Killion said. “We don’t want to get in 0-2 counts or 1-2 counts and get curveballs. Hitting the ball has been a big deal for us right now over our defense, obviously, who had no errors. Just hitting fastballs is what we’re trying to do.”
The Indians scored eight runs off of 11 hits against the Jaguars, which is something they need to keep doing if they want to continue winning, said senior starting pitcher and North Central Texas College commit, Jake Norton said.
“If we keep hitting like this we will be good,” Norton said. “We just need to keep winning, and hitting like this will keep us in the win column and on top of district.”
Getting and staying healthy is also on the list of Waxahachie’s to-do’s in order for the team to stay winning, Indians senior pitcher and Weatherford College commit, AJ Munoz said.
“We’ll just keep hitting, keep winning, keep throwing strikes and keep getting healthy and keep playing,” Munoz said. Munoz injured his back in the Indians only district loss this season (1-0 against Ennis). He said he is hoping to return to the mound soon though.
Next up for Waxahachie is a district match at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against the winless Lancaster Tigers on the road.