The Waxahachie Indians opened the annual Robert Dulin Tournament Thursday morning at Richards Park with an 11-1 win helped by the complete-game pitching of Hayden Allred, who struck out three batters and allowed five hits, and the hitting of Drew Harrison (3-for-4) and Hestand Foster (2-for-4).
Four other Indians had at least one hit against Terrell, which fell to 2-4 with the loss.
The domination ended when Waxahachie run-ruled the Tigers in the sixth inning.
With the score 7-1, senior David Christie and the junior Harrison got on board with left field singles off reliever Steven Andrade.
The bases were loaded when Waxahachie senior Chris Deleon (1-for-4) was hit by a pitch.
The senior Foster followed with a two-run single to shallow right field, advancing Deleon to third.
Andrade was then able to earn a couple of strikeouts for Terrell, matching that of starter Barrett Calverley in his five innings.
With the senior Allred now at the plate, he attempted to advance on a passed ball following a strikeout but the Terrell catcher made an error when his throw went over the first baseman’s head, allowing Deleon and senior pinch runner Derek Junkin to score.
Junkin, who pinch ran for Foster, led the team with three runs scored, followed by Deleon and senior Boomer Collins (1-for-4), who each had two runs.
“Once we began to score, it gave me insurance pitching; I liked the way we didn’t play around at the plate (and the bases), we got on them right away,” said Allred, whose team got eight stolen bases. They included two thefts from senior Jesus Rodriguez and Collins, one each from Foster, Allred, Junkin and senior Zach Macon. “This is our tournament and we want to do what it takes to win it,” Allred added.
Among the other Indians to score a run were Harrison, Rodriguez, and seniors David Christie (1-for-4) and Marshall Davis (1-for-4).
“You can’t take any team lightly and it feels better to beat them this way,” Harrison said. “We were on their pitcher from the beginning, there was nothing he was doing that was affecting us in a bad way.”
To say that Calverley had a bad game would be an understatement; four of six batters he walked ended up scoring. He also allowed seven hits, three of them for extra bases.
Allred had a lot of defensive support despite hitting two consecutive batters in the second inning and allowing five hits throughout the game, one of them a double.
The Indians were in on one double play in the fourth inning when Terrell’s Blake Beggs got a leadoff single. In the third, a Terrell runner was tagged out at the plate when Indians third baseman Davis threw to the catcher Foster for the second out.
Chuck Daugherty scored the lone Tiger run in the top of the sixth inning off a Beggs double.
Waxahachie 5, Birdville 1
Behind the arm of pitcher Colton Cain and eight team hits, the Indians were able to defeat Birdville in the nightcap of the Dulin Tournament and improve their season record to 6-1.
Cain had 11 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in a five-inning game that was called due to a two-hour time limit.
Waxahachie didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard when Drew Harrison belted a two-run homerun to right field, bringing in lead off hitter Boomer Collins, who got on base with a single.
In the second, more singles by Brandon Macky and Ryan Prokoff ensured the Indians of a 4-0 lead as Mackey scored on an error and Prokoff off a Collins (2-for-3) left field single.
Jesus Rodriguez, who pinch ran for Cain (1-for-3) when he hit a right field single, scored the team’s fifth run in the third inning off a Brad Davis sacrifice flyball to right field.
Rodriguez was able to move around the bases as a result of two steals, which was a game high tied with Collins.
Macky, Prokoff and Zach Macon each had a steal.
“It’s still too early to tell about my team, too early; I think we’re a solid team that’s going to get big hits, force some runs,” Waxahachie coach Tracy Wood said. “We have a chance to be pretty darn good.”
With the exception of Waxahachie, every tournament team played in back-to-back games with Terrell coming out short.
Following its loss to the Indians, Terrell, which fell to 2-5, was defeated by Corsicana, 17-1, in four innings. Corsicana then beat Dallas W.T. White, 5-4, behind a four-run third inning and even its season mark to 3-3. White made it close scoring three runs in the sixth but it wasn’t enough. White would make up for it in its first victory of the season beating Birdville 5-1. White sits with a 1-2 record.
As a result of Terrell losing two games and the Indians winning as many on Thursday, Waxahachie is a step closer to being guaranteed one of two Saturday games.
Steve Wallace, with the RBI Club, said Brady Dulin, 12, will be throwing out the first pitch at one of the games. Brady is the grandson of Linda and Billy Earl Dulin, whose son, Robert, has the tournament named after him.
Robert died in 1976 following a Thanksgiving Day automobile accident.
Brady is the son of the late Rodney Dulin, who died in 1998 due to complications of an enlarged heart.
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