James, Ware pitch Dixie baseball to win
Sunday, May 04, 2014 1:30 AM
DUE WEST -- In last season’s Class A district playoffs, Dixie High School’s baseball team dug itself into a hole by losing its second-round game against Lewisville. As a result, in the district final rematch, Dixie had to win twice to advance to Upper State.
That did not happen.
Dixie coach Jimmy Prince wanted to avoid that same fate this season, and his team delivered by knocking off Lamar 6-3 Saturday to reach Wednesday’s district final at home.
“This is really big because now we can stay confident,” Prince said. “We only have to win one game. Someone has to come in here and win two. We can stay positive, stay confident and relax. We don’t have to put the pressure on ourselves because we only have to win one.
“And, we’re on our home field.”
Prince sent out Jordan James as the starter, just days after he pitched six full innings in Dixie’s 10-0 first-round win against Brashier Middle College on Thursday. Prince asked how his arm felt Friday and then again Saturday before the game, and James said he felt good.
So, the senior started and pitched four strong innings to earn the win. Sophomore Austin Ware relieved James after four innings and shut out the Silver Foxes for the final three innings to pick up the save.
“Jordan only threw 65 pitches the other day, and we throw bullpens like that in practice, so we felt pretty confident in him,” Prince said. “He said he felt good, so we started him. I like that combination of starting Jordan and bringing in that crafty lefty, Austin, in to finish it up. It throws their timing off.
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