MANSFIELD — Facing the same team on a different field didn’t change the result for Waxahachie High School’s varsity baseball team that finished dismantling Mansfield Timberview High School 13-2 on Monday at Mansfield Legacy High School Baseball Field.
“See? I told you we’d kill them,” Indians senior shortstop Sean Moore joked about his pre-game guarantee of a rebound the loss to Mansfield Summit High School while he hurriedly stuffed equipment into his dirt-stained duffle bag after the game. “You see the scoreboard.”
The gaudy numbers on the scoreboard only told half the story of an Indians victory that forced them to two separate fields during a span of three days. The Indians led 5-1 going into the fifth inning at Mansfield Timberview High School Baseball Field Saturday before rain delayed the game three days and field conditions forced teams to move to a location seven miles southwest.
According to the Dallas-FortWorth National Weather Service, the Mansfield area had a high on 71 and a low of 59 degrees during the game with precipitation of .17 inches on Saturday.
Though the rainfall caused the stoppage, one Indian credited the players behind him for the win more than his own individual performance.
“The defense was solid, which was great for me. It was different for sure, but with the lead my team gave me, I was comfortable,” said WHS junior pitcher Cory Woodhouse about coming in cold in the fifth inning on a completely different field.
His four strikeouts in two innings of work helped the Indians close out the Wolves and put the Indians in a two-way tie for third place with Mansfield Legacy High School behind Mansfield Summit and Ennis high school.
He also said any hangover from the Summit loss he and his team may have had is non-existent.
“We didn’t think about the loss after that night, we just forgot about it and moved on to the next game,” he continued. “I think the loss was definitely a wake-up call, though. We rebounded and are continuing to get better each and every day.”
Garrett Penny, a senior third baseman and pitcher for WHS, said there may have been silver linings to the defeat, especially so with the postseason play right around the corner.
“I think losing was good and bad for us,” he added to Woodhouse’s perspective. “It showed that we can be beaten and taught us not to take any team for granted. We still have to work hard every practice to finish up the season and go deep into playoffs. Nothing is given and everything is earned.
“The playoffs are different from the regular season. Every game is a must win and are played back-to-back. The leash can become short on pitchers when you play three games in a matter of two days and, in that situation, you need as many arms as you can get. That’s a lot of innings and sore arms. When you have a lot of arms you can rely on, it helps.”
With only five district games left on their regular-season schedule, the Indians’ clock to build momentum toward the playoffs may have already begun to tick.
WHS, which was scheduled to play Tigers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at LHS Baseball Field, will face Lancaster, Arlington Seguin, Mansfield Lake Ridge and Legacy and Ennis high schools before finding where they fall in a possible myriad of playoff scenarios.
Of those five teams, four reside in the first five district standings positions and three have two losses or less.
“We need to keep getting better every day and get ready for the grind when it’s time,” said Tracy Wood, the Indians head baseball coach. “It’s going to be a quick turnaround and a short week for rest, but we’d rather play than practice any day. There’s a lot of baseball to play and we want to worry our business and the way we play. I think we did that today.”
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