The Waxahachie Indians baseball team can rest a little bit easier for two reasons after Saturday. The first reason is, Waxahachie improved to 10-1 in district on Saturday after beating the visiting Mansfield Timberview Wolves 6-1. The second reason is because the second place team in the Class 5A District 14 Region II standings (Mansfield Legacy Broncos) was handed a 4-2 loss by the Red Oak Hawks, which put a two-game buffer between the Indians and Broncos.
Despite not hitting as well as they have in the past few games, head coach Tracy Wood said the Indians came through at the plate, when they needed to.
“We did get some big hits,” Wood said. “I think we only ended up with four hits, but one of those was a bases-loaded at bat. Luke (Morton, senior) hit it right into the gap, which was another big hit. He also got another RBI hit later. But we did do a good job of fighting some pitches off with two strikes.”
Wood also gave credit to his starting senior pitcher, Jake Norton for his play on the mound.
“I thought Jake threw well, until we went and got him after he got a little bit tired,” he said. “Then we had Taylor (Bright, senior) came in and did a good job of shutting the door for us.”
Norton, who committed to play at North Central Texas College next year, gave up Timberview’s only two hits of the game through sixth innings. Bright, who committed to play at Temple College next year and is usually behind the plate as Waxahachie’s starting catcher, came in and closed the game out and gave up no hits to the Broncos.
Waxahachie will need to keep playing strong defense if they want to continue winning, Bright said.
“We will have to keep throwing strike, playing good defense and getting hits when we need them,” Bright said. “As long as I keep throwing strikes, I hope they’ll keep putting me out there on the mound.”
Norton, who said he had a better game Saturday than he has had in his last few starts, gave some insight to how he improved his pitching for the game against Timberview.
“I just quit thinking and just threw the ball,” Norton said. “Personally, I just need to keep throwing strikes and not get so tired. I need to get some stamina back by getting into the bullpen during the week and running.”
“We just gotta get out there on the field and play the game,” Wood said. “We tell them ‘Just play the game, not the team’ and they continue to keep playing it the right way.”
Next up on the Indians schedule at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, is a district match on the road with the winless Lancaster Tigers.
In the two team’s first meeting on March 23 at Richards Park, Waxahachie run-ruled Lancaster 10-0 through five innings.