The Waxahachie High School varsity baseball and softball teams will return to action Friday, one from a hectic week of action and the other from a short hiatus.
Fans of both won’t have to travel far for the games, though. The Indians are scheduled to play Arlington Seguin High School at 7 p.m. at Arlington Seguin High School Baseball Field, while the Lady Indians will face Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at the same time at Lady Indian Field.
“We just have to play the game and not the team. We can’t just show up and expect to win, but we have to get the right mindset before every game,” WHS senior Jonas Hill said about the focus on the Cougars and not overlooking a struggling team. “Coach Wood tells us to just take it one at a time instead of looking down the road. Once we get on a roll and start winning games, it’s hard for any team to beat us.”
The Indians, currently 9-3 in 14-5A play, will face the district’s eighth-ranked team and one on an eight-game losing streak. The last time WHS played the Cougars, junior Tyler Navarro pitched an eight-strikeout shutout to gain his first win of the season.
Navarro will return to the moundFriday against a team he allowed only three hits to and try to protect his team leading 1.355 district-earned run average.
“We have to make sure to take care of business every game, even against the not-so-good teams,” Hill continued. “If we just overlook them and they beat us, it would kill the momentum we have going into the playoffs. We need to make sure to keep this momentum going.”
The Lady Indians, who haven’t played a game since last Friday, will attempt to spoil the Lady Eagles’ two-game winning streak during their last home game of 2016.
A win is crucial for the girls, who are 8-5 in district and in a two-way tie with the Mansfield Lake Ridge for fourth place. The Lady Eagles beat them 15-5.
“This is one of the most important games of the season,” said WHS sophomore Ariana Robles. “Actually, it’s kind of a make or break game for us. We lost to them, but we’ve learned from these mistakes. We made all the errors that we needed to make to achieve and come out on top.”
Wins against Mansfield Lake Ridge on Friday and Mansfield Legacy High School on Tuesday and losses by both Mansfield Timberbiew and Lake Ridge high schools could catapult them into third place.
The junior varsity Lady Indians will play Mansfield Lake Ridge at 5:15 p.m Friday at Lady Indian Field and the Indians junior varsity plays at 5 p.m. Friday at Richards Park.