One team had to win Friday night in Grand Prairie. It just took 13 innings, 23 hits and one wild finish nearly four hours after the first pitch inning for that to happen.
Waxahachie plated one run in the top of the 13th inning but was unable to hold onto the lead, surrendering two runs in the bottom half of the inning to the Gophers in a 5-4 loss.
Waxahachie outhit Grand Prairie 13-10. The Indians did, however, commit three costly errors — including a Jodan Fay throwing error to second baseman Anthony Mata covering at first base on a bunt in the bottom of the 13th that plated the winning run.
Waxahachie plated a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead and led 3-1 as the game turned toward the bottom of the sixth. Grand Prairie then scored twice and the game was scoreless for the ensuing six innings of play.
The 13-inning affair is the longest of the season for the Tribe, as they previously outlasted Cedar Hill in a 10-inning win at Richards Park.
The top four hitters in the Indians lineup — Aaron Tesei, Campbell Sullivan, Peyton Graham and Sage Hampton — combined to go 9-for-21 at the plate in the ball game with three RBIs and one run scored. The foursome also drew five walks, led by the three issued to Graham.
Tesei finished the game 3-for-5 at the dish, while Sullivan went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBIs.
Hampton and DJ Hollywood (1-4, BB) drove in the other two Waxahachie runs.
Graham started the game on the bump for the Indians and turned in a stellar seven-inning outing. He allowed three runs — all unearned — on five hits and one walk. He also struck out a game-high 11 batters.
Fay came on in relief of Graham and tossed five innings of five-hit baseball in the loss. He allowed two runs (one earned), walked three and struck out four.
Grand Prairie junior Juan Camacho (2-3) drove in three runs for the Gophers.
Ramon Torres took the no-decision for the Gophers following six innings of work, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one.
Adrian Najar earned the win with a virtual complete-game. The freshman struck out five, walked seven and allowed one earned run on six hits over seven innings.
The Indians stranded a season-high 18 runners on base, while the Gophers left nine.
Grand Prairie won game one of the series Tuesday, 4-3, at Richards Park. Friday marked the second time for the Indians to be swept in 7-6A play this season.
HOW THEY STAND
The Tribe entered Friday with an opportunity to force a four-way tie for first place in District 7-6A. Instead, they left with a one-game lead on fifth-place Mansfield for the fourth-and-final playoff spot with just two series to go.
Waxahachie fell to 12-10-1 overall with the loss and 6-4 in district play.
Grand Prairie now sits alone atop the 7-6A standings with an 8-2 record, while (17-7, 7-3) Mansfield Lake Ridge and (15-9, 7-3) South Grand Prairie are tied for second.
Mansfield is currently 5-5 with four games to play in 7-6A action.
Three-win Cedar Hill is two games back of the Tigers. Mansfield Summit and DeSoto are each one loss or one Waxahachie win away from being eliminated from the postseason.
The Indians return to action for a midweek series against Summit. Game one is in Mansfield on Tuesday, while game two is at Richards Park on Thursday due to the Easter holiday.
Both games are slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch.