DALLAS — Before ever throwing a pitch or recording an out, the Waxahachie Indian baseball team has taken game one of the UIL 5A Area Championship series from the Dallas Molina Jaguars of District 11-5A.
It was announced Monday, May 8 that Dallas Molina would forfeit game one of the three-game series after benches cleared and every player was ejected from the Jaguars' bi-district game Saturday. Waxahachie head baseball coach Tracy Wood confirmed the forfeit Monday afternoon.
The series was originally scheduled to begin Thursday, May 11 at Paul Richards Park in Waxahachie before moving to Mountain View Community College for game two Friday and, if needed, Crowley High School for game three Saturday.
The series will now begin Friday at Mountain View with the Indians up one game to none on the Jaguars. Game three, if needed, will be at Richards Park in Waxahachie. First pitches are scheduled for 7:30 and 1 p.m., respectively.
When RBI Club President Barry Navarro heard of the game-one forfeit and potential for Waxahachie to lose a chance to host a playoff game, he stated it was "frustrating" for all parties involved with the Indian baseball program. The Waxahachie RBI Club is a community-led booster club that supports current and former Indian baseball players, as well as Richards Park, through fundraisers, golf tournaments and volunteer service.
"Our players, coaches, parents and fans should not have to suffer because of the actions of the opposition," said Navarro, whose son is also the starting third baseman for the Indians. "Every game at Richards Park, at this point, could be the last one for the seniors and their parents. It's just not right that they might not have another chance to play at home because of what another team did."
According to an article by Greg Riddle of SportsDayHS, the forfeit stems from an altercation that began with a play at the plate in game two of the best-of-three series Saturday afternoon between Dallas Molina and Dallas Samuell. The benches cleared with Molina, who won game one 10-0, leading 7-2 in the bottom of the third inning. Riddle reported the umpires then ejected every player from the ballgame, which turned the three-game series into a one-game playoff and, by default, moved Molina into the second round of the Texas high school baseball playoffs
Dallas ISD Athletic Director Gil Garza told Riddle and The Dallas Morning News that it is district policy to suspend any player who is ejected from a sporting event for the next game.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith