After slow start, Elks reel off three straight victories
After falling twice on Thursday, Burleson’s baseball team won its last three games at the Denton Tournament on its first weekend of play.
“We had a very Jekyll and Hyde weekend,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “Thursday, we walked too many batters and made too many errors, however, if we can stay consistent with what we did on Friday and Saturday we are going to be alright.”
In its opener Thursday, Burleson turned four hits into nine runs but lost 13-9 to Denton Braswell. Christian Hallack doubled in the loss while Kayden Cassidy drove in two runs and Parker Shaha, Nik Sanchez, Logan Hammit and Logan Pruisner each had an RBI.
Later on Thursday, the Elks lost to Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 13-3. Shaha tripled in a run and Hallack had an RBI.
Burleson then went on a three-game winning streak.
The Elks topped Keller Timber Creek, 7-5, behind Hallack’s seven-hit complete game. Hallack allowed three earned runs over seven innings.
Sanchez and Hayden Alexander each drove in a pair of run. Davin White, JT Smith and Conner Schrayer had RBIs. Alexander and Shaha each had doubles.
Burleson survived a three-run fifth inning to defeat Denton, 6-5, Friday.
Sanchez, Cassidy, Smith and Blake Myers each drove in runs in the win.
Cassidy, Myers and Colton McCallum combined to limit the Broncos. Cassidy worked 3.2 innings allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out five and McCallum tossed two scoreless innings.
In Saturday’s lone game, Kayce Young and Myers combined to no-hit Frisco Liberty, 6-1,
Young walked in a run in the first and Myers worked four hitless innings to pick up the win. Myers struck out three and walked three.
Smith doubled and drove in two runs and Alexander doubled and had an RBI. Shaha and Lopez had RBIs.
“We were in some come-from-behind situations in many ways but we were able to stay on an even temperament and just played our game one inning at a time to put us in some positions to win and finish off games.” Bruce said.
The Elks open play today at the Burleson Elk Classic with games against Fort Worth Polytechnic (11 a.m.) and Fort Worth Western Hills (6:30 p.m.).