Elks honor senior class
Things didn’t go well for Burleson in its baseball finale Friday night as Crowley run-ruled the Elks, 12-0, in both squads District 9-5A regular-season finale at Burleson.
The Eagles collected 12 hits off five Elks pitchers. Burleson starter Kayden Cassidy, in his last game as an Elk, worked 3.2 innings allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked eight.
Following Cassidy to the mound was another senior, Kameron West, along with Cameron Hauch, Kayce Young and Nick Cartmill.
Elks’ leadoff hitter Blake Myers went 3-for-3. Carson Hallack had Burleson’s other hit.
Crowley’s Garrett Chappell went the distance for the shutout. Chappell scattered four hits, fanned seven and walked three.
Abe Limon and Alex Munoz each drove in three runs. Matthew McCarthy and Korbin Bohannon finished driving in two runs each.
The game was last for eight seniors: Cassidy, West, Hayden Alexander, Trey Lopez, John Lopez, Nick Bengochea, Kaden Jameson, and Jaylen Johnson.
Saturday, Crowley defeated Granbury, 1-0, in a one-game district play-in game. The Eagles will be the fourth-seed from the district in upcoming playoffs.
Burleson coach Daniel Bruce had good words about his large senior class.
About Alexander “Although plagued by injury he has done so much for the program over the last three years even dating back to being the starting shortstop as a sophomore.”
On Cassidy: “He’s been a varsity starter for four years. He’s an incredible ballplayer and person.”
Regarding Bengochea: “He showed a real sense of leadership this year as he directed traffic for the defense this season at second base.”
About Jonathan Lopez: “He has more resilience than just about anyone I’ve been around.”
On Trey Lopez: “He was so persistent day-in and day-out and was able to come up big when his number was called time-after-time.”
Regarding West: “He logged his senior year with innings on the mound for us and being a great teammate ready to do anything the team needed.”
About Jameson: “He helped tremendously showing his killer speed this year. His effort day-in and day-out were exceptional.”
On Johnson: “He brought a fun attitude this year to the baseball team and was able to contribute on the bases with his speed.”