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Waxahachie pulls away from visiting Lions

The final tally on the Richards Park scoreboard Friday night displayed a lopsided 8-1 result in Waxahachie’s favor, but in reality the Lions were two plays away from a 1-1 game.
Ennis (11-14, 4-8) saw a very questionable safe call on a Waxahachie baserunner and a fielding error with two outs open the door for seven of the home team’s runs.
Of course, it was also another night of struggles at the plate in a season where the Lions only had a handful of impressive offensive showings.
“Our pitching was good enough to win in about 95 percent of the games we played,” said coach Kevin Kalinec.
“We just couldn’t hit the baseball this year for whatever reason.

Despite only two hits, we had runners in scoring position often and couldn’t bring them in. Defensively, we faced a lot of extra batters that we didn’t need to face.”
Chris Lewis battled the strong Indian lineup in his final start of the season, allowing seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
Lewis also had one of the two Lion hits as Jeremy Pullin drove him in with an RBI single.
Both teams went down in order in the first as Lewis struck out two.
Pullin drew a full-count walk in the second inning, but he would be thrown out stealing second while Corey Betik was robbed of a hit thanks to a superb diving grab by the second baseman.
Although catcher Dustin Mireles threw out a baserunner in the Indian second, the home team opened with three-straight hits (single, double, RBI single) to go up 1-0.
Betik made an outstanding retreating catch in deep left and Ennis would later get off the field with the bases loaded.
“It’s good to see Dustin throw somebody out in his last [career] game,” Kalinec said.
“That was a great play by Corey and he’s really improved in the field.”
Lewis struck out two once again in the Indian third before he led off the fourth with a line single to right.
A fielding error put runners on the corners for Pullin, who tied the score at 1-1 with a full-count RBI single to center. Ennis still had two runners on with one out, but the next two batters struck out looking.
“Jeremy did step up with a runner in scoring position in a tremendous nine-pitch at bat,” the coach said.
The Indians opened their fourth with a double off the right-field fence. Lewis appeared to throw the lead runner out at third after a sac bunt, but he was ruled safe to Kalinec’s dismay. Mireles would get that runner out on a play at the plate for what should’ve been the third out, yet a two-RBI single up the middle pushed Waxahachie in front, 3-1.
“The safe call at third was very poor and really hurt us because it could’ve still been a 1-1 game,” Kalinec said.
“I thought Chris pitched well. We didn’t make enough plays behind him and so Chris feels like he has to do it himself and strike everybody out.”
Ennis put a runner in scoring position for the third-straight inning in the fifth, yet a timely hit wasn’t in the cards.
Tyler Farris led off the Lion sixth with a walk, but unfortunately Rusty Collins lined out to first for an easy double play. Farris made a couple of strong defensive plays in the bottom of the inning for two quick outs, but a misplayed fly ball on the right-field line opened up the floodgates as the Indians pulled away.
The error itself made the score 5-1 as two Indians came home. A second fielding error on a steal attempt and a two-RBI double off the right-field fence pushed the Waxahachie lead to 8-1 before Lewis’ final strikeout.
“After the [first] error, the inning just snowballed on us,” Kalinec said.
As he reflected on a 4-8 district campaign, Kalinec felt the deck was stacked against him before the opening pitch in 15-4A play.
“I’ve only found one other school besides us in the state of Texas that doesn’t have an offseason baseball program,” Kalinec said.
“We start behind all these other teams heading into the season and I’ve got all of these kids that don’t play other sports who sit around and do nothing without a structured program available to them.
“When you consider this is one of the toughest districts in the state, we’re in a difficult situation.
“This was one of the most disappointing seasons I’ve had in 23 years of coaching.
“But I can assure you we’ll turn it back around next year.”

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