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WHS holds off Tyler Legacy in Game 3, will meet Rockwall in one-gamer Thursday TYLER — For just a second, it looked like the magic carpet ride for the Waxahachie Indians was about to end as host Tyler Legacy forced a rubber game with a Game 2 decision and then took a 3-0 lead in the deciding Game 3 of their area-round series on Saturday afternoon at Mike Carter Field. But thanks to a yeoman mound effort by senior Lucas Ferguson and a huge fourth inning, the Indians keep flying deeper into the postseason. Overcoming a three-run top of the first inning by the Red Raiders, the Indians (16-12-1) answered with a five-run bottom of the fourth and held on for a 5-3 victory to punch their ticket to the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals. It’s the deepest advance for the Tribe in Texas’ highest classification yet, and the deepest for the WHS baseball program since 2017’s 31-win district championship season. As a bonus, WHS skipper Tracy Wood won the coin toss with Rockwall and will get his wish of a one-game playoff, with senior lefthanded ace Jared Thomas fully rested following his three-hit, 13-strikeout win in Friday’s Game 1 at Richards Park. The Indians and Yellowjackets will meet at North Forney on Thursday night at 7 p.m. In Saturday’s Game 3, Ferguson took his lumps early as Legacy (formerly known as Tyler Lee) took a three-run lead in the first inning on an RBI single followed by a two-run double. But the Tribe finally broke through in the fourth, all with two out. Jaxson Crow singled in a pair of runs to get the Indians on the board, and a passed ball allowed Garret Bruce to score to tie the game. After Thomas was intentionally walked to load the bases, Jacob Cruz delivered a two-run single to give the Indians the lead. Ferguson went six innings and allowed only the initial three runs on three hits, striking out eight. Ferguson left the game because of his pitch count after six innings, but Cade Sims pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save. In Friday’s Game 1 at Richards Park, Thomas’ string of hitless innings came to an end on the second at-bat of the game, but the University of Texas signee was plenty effective regardless. The Indians took a 1-0 edge on a Zach Pearrow grounder that was booted at second, scoring Cruz. Legacy tied it in the second on a walk, a groundout and a single, but WHS again used an error in the field to score Cruz, this time on an outfield miscue off a line drive by Caleb Perry that put the Indians up for good. The Tribe added two insurance runs in the sixth with an RBI single by Crow and an RBI double by Thomas. The scene shifted to Tyler’s Mike Carter Field on Saturday, but this time the Red Raiders assembled one big inning — the bottom of the second — to erase an early 3-0 Indian lead in a 7-4 Legacy win that extended the series. Cruz finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored; Pearrow added a triple, walked twice and scored; and Thomas had a double and scored twice for the Indians. Kash Thorne pitched an inning-plus, Sims threw two frames and Beck Sullivan worked the final three innings as the Indians eyed Game 3 and a hopeful series-clinching victory that was achieved....

5/18/2022

Waxahachie senior Josh Harris was pushed all season long by teammate and classmate Jaylen Burke to get better in the triple jump — and vice versa — as both battled through the spring and into the championship meet season. Unfortunately, Burke was not able to keep pace after falling short in the regional meet, but Harris will represent the Indians this weekend in the University Interscholastic League state track and field championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Harris is seeded sixth in the 6A boys’ triple jump with his leap of 47 feet, 10 inches at the Class 6A Region II meet two weeks ago. Harris will compete on Saturday morning at state. Fort Bend Travis’ Damilare Olukosi is the favorite to win gold after posting the top regional distance of 50-9. The friendly rivalry between Burke and Harris goes back long before even the District 11-6A meet in Duncanville, when Burke and Harris finished 1-2 in the triple jump. Burke won the gold medal with a leap of 46 feet, 5.25 inches, and Harris was close behind at 46 feet even. Both advanced to the District 11-6A/12-6A area meet at Waco Midway, and again Burke won the gold medal with a jump of 47 feet, 8 inches while Harris cleared 47-1. But at regionals, Burke placed seventh in the triple jump, clearing 44-3, while Harris went on to win the gold medal....

5/12/2022

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports WAXAHACHIE — The Bryan Vikings entered a 6A bi-district series against Waxahachie having lost just thrice all season. They were also the 14th-ranked team in the class and the champions of District 12-6A. Waxahachie, meanwhile, clinched a playoff spot in the final week of the regular season and then dropped a seeding game against Mansfield. The fourth-seeded Indians of District 11-6A promptly swept — in no-hit and shutout fashion — (24-5) Bryan, snapping the Vikings’ 12-game win streak. Bryan had not previously been shut out and held to three-or-fewer runs just five times before running into the Waxahachie buzzsaw. Jared Thomas (4-2, 1.88 ERA) will steal the headlines following his second-consecutive no-hitter. He fanned 10 Vikings and walked four over his seven no-hit innings in game one on Friday. The outing came after he struck out 17 during a no-hitter against DeSoto on Tuesday, April 26. He has now allowed just 10 hits in nine outings over 37.1IP. The senior then recorded a one-out save Saturday at Paul Richards Park to secure a 2-0 victory and 6A area round berth for the Indian. The save was his first on the season. It also extended his consecutive no-hit innings to 21.2 IP, dating back to a second-inning double allowed to Mansfield on Friday, April 15. And while it will be Thomas’ feats that will be most discussed, make no mistake about it — the series sweep of the state-ranked Bryan Vikings was a true team effort. It’s the kind of effort that keeps the momentum rolling for a team that has gotten hot at precisely the right time. Kash Thorne (3-3, 1.85 ERA) spun 6.2 innings of a gem in game two. The junior struck out five, walked four and scattered 6 hits. He was pulled with two on and after throwing 118 pitches. Thorne later lept from his Jeep to run across the HEB parking lot and catch a woman’s fleeting balloon. He left her with a “Have a blessed day,” but we digress. That’s a true, although irrelevant, story, so let’s get back to baseball. Nash Nichols made quite the highlight-reel snag at second base in support of Thorne and helped keep the Vikings off the board on Saturday afternoon. Caleb Perry drove in four runs on the weekend and Jacob Cruz had two. Lucas Ferguson and Nichols turned three double plays in game one, while Jaxson Crow recorded 14 stellar innings defensively behind the plate. All of that to say — this group has turned a corner. And they have every ingredient to play as long as they’d like, including Old Lady Mo’ in their corner. UP NEXT Waxahachie will now face (15-15-1) Tyler Legacy in the 6A Region II area round. The Raiders rallied to defeat (16-16-1) Wylie in games two and three on Saturday. Game one between Waxahachie and Tyler Legacy will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Richards Park. Game two is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday at Mike Carter Field in Tyler, with game three to follow, if needed....

5/12/2022

Team honors seniors, soon-to-retire coach in home finale; playoffs start Thursday The Waxahachie Lady Indians now can turn their attention to the Class 6A Region II playoffs — and will try to make one last deep run with head coach Steve Howell. The Lady Indians (19-7, 11-3) needed just four innings to take care of DeSoto, 15-0, on a Friday night in which Howell threw out the first pitch and junior Kylee Raney did the rest. Raney threw four no-hit innings with four strikeouts and was only a walk away from perfection as she faced the minimum 12 batters. Molly Gilbert homered and singled, Bryten Burns and Sam Christian added two hits each and Makenae Stone doubled as WHS finished with nine hits. The Lady Indians also stole eight bases, including a pair of swipes by Burns. The Lady Indians scored two in the first inning, then added six in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth to end the game. Christian’s two-RBI hit in the fourth triggered the 15-run rule and walk-off ending. Four WHS seniors — Stone, Christian, Grace Boozer and Michaela Ross — were honored at the game as well. The Lady Indians are the No. 3 seed out of District 11-6A in the playoffs. They will open a best-of-three 6A Region II bi-district series against the Temple Lady Cats with Game 1 on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Midkiff Athletic Complex at WHS. Game 2 will be in Temple at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with Game 3 to follow if necessary....

4/27/2022

WHS baseball team on glide path to playoffs after run-rule victory at Richards Park The path to the baseball postseason is all downhill for the Waxahachie Indians following Friday night’s emphatic victory at Richards Park. The Indians scored runs in every inning and ended the evening early with a 14-3 run-rule rout of Waco High in District 11-6A action, completing a home-and-home sweep of the Lions. The Indians (10-10-1, 7-5) stayed squarely on track for a playoff berth as they entered this week’s final series against seventh-place DeSoto, with Tuesday’s home finale at Richards Park. The Tribe only had seven hits total, but took advantage of five Waco errors and nine walks. Leading the way was Bryce Marquardt, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Nash Nichols’ two-run triple in the fifth inning ended the game on the run rule. Senior Jared Thomas pitched the first three innings and retired all nine batters faced in order, striking out five. The Indians jumped on top 2-0 after one inning of play as Jacob Cruz scored on a passed ball and Lucas Ferguson brought in Zach Pearrow with a booted pop fly. Marquardt’s RBI hit in the second made it 3-0. Then in the third, WHS opened up more daylight as Kash Thorne drove in two runs, Marquardt followed with a two-RBI single and Cruz had an RBI hit for an 8-0 lead. The district season wraps up at DeSoto on Friday at 7 p.m....

4/27/2022

Triple jumpers, relay team advance in boys; Lady Indian trio also moves on HEWITT — The Waxahachie Indians qualified two triple jumpers and a relay team for regionals on Thursday in the District 11-6A / 126A area track and field meet at Midway Panther Stadium. The senior triple jump tandem of Jaylen Burke and Josh Harris will be advancing after a 1-2 finish at area. Burke won the gold medal with a jump of 47 feet, 8 inches while Harris cleared 47-1. The WHS 4X100-meter relay team finished second in a time of 40.83, just behind Duncanville, and advanced to regionals as well. Other Indians competing at the boys’ area meet were senor Jaylen Davis-Robinson in the 100-meter dash, and senior Gregory Clerkley in the 400-meter dash. Additionally, three Lady Indians will be moving on in four events next weekend. Junior Scout Burns qualified in two throwing events, and senior Cori Morgan and sophomore Emilee Jones each also made the cut after qualifying for advancement. Burns placed fourth in both the shot put and discus events. Morgan came in second in the 3200-meter run, and Jones placed second in the 1600. Both distance runners will look to carry on a WHS tradition in the regional meet next week. Jones also competed in the 800-meter and placed fifth, just missing a qualification in a second event. Morgan was fifth in the 1600 and also narrowly missed advancement there. The fourth Lady Indian to compete at area was senior Brooklyn Baskin in the pole vault. The Class 6A Region II meet will be held back at Midway next Thursday and Friday, April 29-30. ...

4/26/2022

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