The Waxahachie Indians are riding high atop of the Class 5A District 14 Region II with a 12-1 record.
Tuesday was the team’s last bye of the season, which gave the Indians extra time to prepare for the Lake Ridge Eagles on Friday, head coach Tracy Wood said.
“We’re working on our pitching and inter-squad is what we’re doing,” Wood said. “This week is going to be a fundamental week, we’re going to go back to the ground floor fundamentals. We worked a lot of fundamentals yesterday and today and we’re going to do the same tomorrow.”
The basics are key to victory, he said.
“That’s how you win, is being good fundamentally. Throwing and catching builds those fundamentals and we don’t want to lose sight of that,” he said.
The Mansfield Lake Ridge was one of the closest games the Indians had played this season. The two teams went into extra innings before Waxahachie stole home to get the 3-2 win in the bottom of the 11th inning at Richards Park. Wood said he has a plan for Friday’s game.
“Try to win it in seven this time,” Wood said. “They’re a good baseball team no doubt about that. We’re going to keep doing what we do. We’ve played good baseball here lately, we’re playing good at the right time. A big key is the way we’ve adjusted our approaches at the plate.”
Strong play on the field has also helped Waxahachie become the leader in district, Wood said.
“We’ve played really good defense, anytime you’re getting zeros on the board you’re going to get a win,” he said.
With last Saturday’s non-district game against Forney being cancelled Friday will be the first time the Indians’ senior pitcher AJ Munoz has been back on the mound for Waxahachie following his injury on April 2 in the Indians 1-0 loss to Ennis.
Wood isn’t worried about Munoz, who committed to play collegiately as a Coyote at Weatherford College next season, taking care of business on Friday, he said.
“I feel good about it, because the bottom line to that is, is that we need AJ, Jake Norton and those other guys to be good on the bump, Wood said.
“They’re the guys we’re going with and they’re the guys we feel good about right now.”
Waxahachie has shown they have plenty of depth at the pitching position, if need be, Wood said.
“I feel good about Jake, I feel good about Taylor (Bright, senior) and Ty (Navarro, sophomore),” he said. “I think any of them can get it done and down the road somewhere they might all have to get it done, not just one or two of them.”
One thing the Indians were working to improve earlier in the season was their play at the plate.
“Lately, we’ve been hitting the ball really well,” Wood said. “The last game we didn’t hit as well, they threw a slower guy and we do so well at adjusting and getting back. But I think we’re going to be fine, I think we’re going to hit the baseball. We’re confident about what we’re doing and the guys are confident about themselves so I think we’re going to be ready.”
First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday at Mansfield Lake Ridge.