A seven-run fifth inning tied a bow around the regular season for the Waxahachie Indian ballclub Friday night against Mansfield Lake Ridge.
After falling 6-5 Tuesday, the Tribe bounced back for a 10-1 win. The Indians were already locked into the second spot in the District 10-5A standings following the loss in game one of the two-game series against the Eagles.
Campbell Sullivan (2-2, 3.10 ERA) picked up the win for the Indians on the bump. He struck out four, walked three and allowed one earned run on five hits.
Trevor Mott pitched a clean seventh inning with a strikeout, walk and pair of hits.
The Indians made the most of their opportunities at the plate during the win, scratching 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks. Waxahachie stranded just four runners on base.
Aaron Tesei led the charge at the plate for the Tribe with a 3-for-3 day complete with a double, triple and three RBIs. His six total bases were a game-high.
Sullivan helped himself on the mound by driving in a pair of runs at the plate.
PLAYOFF PICTURE SET
The Indians finished the regular season 16-11-1 and 11-3 in District 10-5A.
Mansfield Legacy locked up the district championship with a 4-1 win Friday night against Red Oak. The Broncos enter the postseason 19-5-1 on the year and 12-2 in district play.
The final two 10-5A playoff spots went to (17-9, 9-5) Midlothian and (11-11, 8-6) Mansfield Lake Ridge.
The four 10-5A teams now face the representative of District 9-5A in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Cleburne, which enters the playoffs as the top-ranked team in the TXHighSchoolBaseball.com and THSBCA 5A polls, matches up against Lake Ridge. The Yellowjackets are 29-1-2 on the season and finished 14-0 in district play. Last season, the Yellowjackets upset 10-5A champion Waxahachie in the third round.
Midlothian catches (13-14, 11-3) Burleson Centennial in the opening round and Waxahachie faces (15-10, 9-5) Joshua.
The Owls missed the postseason in 2017 but returned first-team all-district pitcher Evan Nichols, as well as second-teamers Connery Peters (P), Matt Haley (P/OF) and Wyatt Moss (2B).
Joshua lost 17-4 to Red Oak early during tournament action. The Hawks were the only common opponent for the Indians and Owls this season.
Crowley defeated Granbury 1-0 in a play-in game Saturday and will now face 10-5A champion Legacy in the bi-district championship.
The Indians face the Joshua Owls at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand Prairie High School. Game two is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Everman High School. Game three, if necessary, is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grand Prairie High School.