Burleson comes up short in season-ending loss to Colleyville Heritage
ARLINGTON - Thursday’s night Class 5A Region I area-round one-game playoff between Burleson and Colleyville Heritage came down to two at bats.
Heritage’s Bobby Witt Jr.’s first two plate appearances led directly to runs as the Panthers defeated the Elks, 2-0, at Globe Life Park.
The loss ended the Elks season with a record of 23-8-1. Heritage (33-2) will play the winner of the best-of-three series between Mansfield Legacy and Azle in the regional quarterfinals.
Witt, who could be the first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, hit a solo home run in his first at bat and tripled in his second at bat and scored with two-out on a passed ball.
Other than that Burleson senior pitcher Cameron Hauch was dominate on the mound. Hauch scattered four hits in the six innings while allowing two runs (one earned), striking out four and walking one.
Hauch worked his way around a leadoff single in the second inning and then in the sixth worked his way out of a one-out jam.
With runners at second and third, Hauch got Nick Balsano to hit into a fielder’s choice that ended with Logan Britt being tagged out in a rundown between third and home. With runners at first and second, Hauch struck out Mason Greer and Chandler Freeman looking to end the inning.
Burleson hit the ball hard Thursday night against Heritage starter Austin Glaze but had nothing to show for it. Glaze limited the Elks to three hits in seven scoreless innings. He fanned seven and walked none.
Cody Griever singled with two out in the second inning but he was stranded. In the fourth, Carson Hallack singled with two out but courtesy runner Zion Webster was thrown out stealing.
Panthers’ third baseman Greer made three nice plays Thursday including reaching into the stands in the fifth to retire Jagger Johns on a foul ball. Greer ended the fifth by nabbing a Jacob Amador line drive.
The Elks’ had a chance in the seventh after T.J. Pound singled with one out but Glaze induced a game-ending double play from Hallack.