Indians Defeat Lake Ridge 8-1

By Geoff Gorman Daily Light Sports Editor Waxahachie Newspapers Inc.

The Waxahachie Indians varsity baseball team improved to 13-2 in district play on Monday night after cruising past the Mansfield Lake Ridge Eagles, 8-1, at Lake Ridge High School.

Waxahachie’s senior, and North Central Texas College commit Jake Norton, got the start on the mound for the Indians. Head coach Tracy Wood was impressed with the way Norton threw in his five complete innings on the bump for Waxahachie, he said.

“I thought Jake threw really well,” he said. “I was excited about the way he threw the ball. We played really good defense.”

The Indians play at the plate also caught Wood’s attention, he said.

Photo by Scott Dorsett / Daily Light

Photo by Scott Dorsett / Daily Light

“We finally started sitting on some fastballs and got some big hits,” he said. “Taylor (Bright) andJonas (Hill) hit the ball well today. We were able to string a bunch of runs together there after sitting on those fastballs.”

Sophomore pitcher Cory Woodhouse came in and closed the game for the Indians.

“It was a good situation to bring the sophomore, Woodhouse in and get him under the lights and into a game situation,” Wood said. “We’ve still got three more games going on. We’ve got tomorrow night (Thursday, Ennis) for sure. Then, possibly a game on Friday, before we play a warmup game in Chisholm Trail on Saturday. So, we’ve still got a lot of baseball to play right now,”

The Indians are currently fighting for the first place spot in Class 5A District 14 Region II with the Mansfield Legacy Broncos.

If Waxahachie was to beat Ennis in Thursday night’s district game and Legacy was to win their Thursday night game, then the Indians and Brocnos would battle it out for a district championship, he said.

“If we both win tomorrow night, then we’ll play Friday night at Legacy. If we win, but they lose then we’re the champs,” Wood said. “We’ve got Ennis, they’ve got Lake Ridge.”

The play-in game against Legacy would be at would be at 7 p.m. and played at Legacy High School.