Waxahachie tops Birdville 5-3
The Waxahachie High School varsity baseball team rebounded from two consecutive losses, beating Birdville High School 5-3 on Friday night under the lights of Richards Park.
After three dominating wins to start the season, the Indians fell 7-0 to Corsicana High School on Thursday night and 11-6 to Whitehouse High School Friday morning. Those losses marked the first consecutive games of the season they allowed seven or more runs and committed four or more errors.
Though the Indians, currently 5-3-1 overall for the season, are still a game above .500, their manager said the lack of defense during the Robert Dulin tournament was troubling.
“It isn’t the loss that matters, it’s the way we’re going about our business,” Indians head coach Tracy Wood said after the loss to Whitehouse. “You can put all that in one word: defense.”
The uptick in errors, before their Friday night game, had become a disturbing trend for Waxahachie’s varsity baseball team. The Indians committed nine errors and allowed a season high 18-run, two-game total during the two losses.
For a team that prides itself and relies on small-ball tactics, mistakes are not only costly, but can change the shape of the game, Wood said.
“We live and die with pitching and defense and putting pressure on people in small ball,” he continued. “When you get down 4-0 early, there goes the small ball. You have to play defense. That’s the bottom line.”
The Indians must have taken their post loss heart-to-heart seriously because against Birdville, which had beaten Whitehouse a day earlier, they only committed four errors.
Though they struggled to hit the ball for the third straight game, the Indians made the most out of the efforts of Gabe Torres and Trevin Robinson. The duo of Robinson (3) and Torres (1) were responsible for both of WHS’ hits and their four total RBI’s.
The Indians were scheduled to play crosstown rival Midlothian High School at 2 p.m. on Saturday, after press time. The last time the two teams met, the game tied after extra innings.