Baseball Clinches a Playoff Spot

Caleb Perry, Staff writer

On Tuesday night, the WHS baseball team had a game against Lakeridge fighting for a playoff spot. The team came into the district with a 12-4 record and was ranked number ten in the state at the time. They had a rough first half of district play, losing three of the seven games, but they cleaned it up by winning four of the five games going into Tuesday.

Winning the game on Tuesday would give the baseball boys a guaranteed playoff spot, and Indians knew how important this game was. The Indians started off hot, scoring 3 runs in the second inning then another in the fourth. Lakeridge then scored 2 runs in the sixth inning, making the score 4-2. In the 7th inning, Jared Thomas was taken out with one out left in the game, and the Eagles took advantage by scoring 2 more runs to tie the game.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Xavien Thompson started it off with a walk, then Jacob Cruz proceeded to bunt him over. The Eagles then intentionally walked Jared Thomas to create a force-out opportunity. Anthony Mata then hit a hard groundball to the second baseman, who started the double play. The shortstop then threw the ball a little bit wide, causing the first baseman to come off the bag. Xavien Thompson took advantage of this bad throw and scored the walk-off run at home.

The Indians are for sure in the playoffs, but their placement in district is unsure. The boys will travel to Waco Midway on Monday to play once more. If they are victorious, they will be able to play a game for second place, and if they lose, they will have to battle for third. The Indians definitely have a talented team, and they seem to be picking it back up at the right time.



Featured Image Credit to Sherry Milliken (The Waxahachie Sun Contributor)