TYLER — The Waxahachie Indians baseball team opened their 2020 season on Thursday with a win against Hallsville, but suffered a loss against Tyler Lee later that evening at the Rose City Classic tournament at Mike Carter Field.
The Indians had only two hits — singles by BG Winn and Austin Elbert — in the opener, but took advantage of four Hallsville errors in their 4-1 victory, which ended after five innings due to a time limit.
Colton Lee allowed one run on four hits in four innings of work to pick up the win, striking out six and walking five. Casey Kelly pitched a scoreless fifth in relief.
The Indians took the initial lead in the top of the third as Aaron Tesei bunted Bryce Marquardt in from third on a squeeze. In the fourth, WHS manufactured two more runs as Jared Thomas plated Campbell Sullivan on an infield error and Winn scored on a Marquardt grounder to short.
An outfield error off the bat of Xavien Thompson scored Elbert in the fifth.
The nightcap against Tyler Lee also went only five innings, but it was because of the run rule as the Red Raiders clobbered the Indians, 10-0. Winn tripled and Elbert singled for the only two WHS hits.
The Tribe were scheduled to play Forney and Lindale in back-to-back games on Friday. The tournament concludes for the Indians on Saturday morning with a game against Sulphur Springs at 10 a.m. at Mike Carter Field.
The Indians will host the Dulin Memorial Tournament at Richards Park beginning next Thursday with games against Duncanville and Bryant (Ark.).