Following a sweep at the hands of Mansfield Lake Ridge, the Waxahachie Indians entered a road tilt Tuesday in desperate, but not too desperate, need of a win.
They got it — barely.
Waxahachie twice stole the lead twice Tuesday on the road against Mansfield and then had to fend off a furious rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the 5-4 victory.
The Indians plated one run in the third, two in the fifth and two more in the seventh. The Indians carried a 5-2 lead into the final three outs and had fans a little uncomfortable in their seats until Peyton Graham closed the door in the bottom of the seventh.
Mansfield scored two runs in the final frame and had the tying run on base when the final out was recorded.
Graham, who was on in relief of starter Casey Kelly, earned the six-out save after he tossed two innings of five-hit baseball. He allowed two earned runs and struck out three.
Kelly was solid through the first five frames for the Indians, striking out eight Tigers and allowing just two earned runs on three hits. The five walks issued led to his early exit.
Campbell Sullivan recorded the lone extra-base hit for the Tribe (3B), while Graham and BG Winn recorded the two RBIs for the Indians. Waxahachie scored its other three runs on four Mansfield errors and four free passes.
The win improved the Indians to 11-8-1 on the season and 5-2 in District 7-6A.
The Indians and Tigers conclude their two-game District 7-6A series at 7 p.m. Friday at Paul Richards Park in Waxahachie. New Waxahachie girls' basketball coach Ashlaa Zuniga will throw out the ceremonial first pitch around 6:45 p.m.