Burleson's Cassidy hurls shutout
After suffering a tough loss at Joshua Friday night, Burleson’s baseball team needed to bounce back on the road Tuesday night at Everman.
Elks’ senior pitcher Kayden Cassidy helped his team register a much-needed win as he hurled a five-inning shutout in an 11-0 run-rule win.
“It was another good performance by Kayden Cassidy,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said.
Cassidy struck out 13, walked three and allowed two hits.
Burleson (10-7, 2-1) hosts Centennial Friday night and plays at Cleburne Tuesday night.
“We didn’t make a big deal about the loss,” Bruce said. “We tried to learn from it and move on and the kids did that pretty well.”
Burleson scored a run in each inning Tuesday night. The Elks backed Cassidy with a 14-hit attack.
“The kids made adjustments in the batter’s box much better than they did last week,” Bruce said.
Nik Bengochea went two-for-two at the plate with three runs driven in. Carson Hallack was three-for-four with two RBI and a double. Trey Lopez doubled in the win and Colton McCallum hit a pair of triples.
Blake Myers also tripled for the Elks. T.J. Pound, McCallum and Myers each had two hits.
Owls down Elks
Joshua scored multiple runs twice as the Owls defeated Burleson, 9-3, Friday night in a District 9-5A game at Burleson.
“Joshua came out swinging, we didn’t do a good job of getting ahead in the counts and we allowed them to free swing ahead in the count,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “We made mistakes up in the zone and they took advantage of it and hit balls where we weren’t. Joshua played well and seemed to want that win really bad.”
The Owls used a pair of pitchers to keep the Elks bats in check.
Starter Matt Haley allowed two runs and five hits in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked three. Evan Nichols tossed the final three innings. He allowed one hit, an unearned run and fanned three.
Burleson scored singles runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.
“Credit to their pitcher Matt Haley, he scattered the hits enough to not allow us to have any big innings,” Bruce said. “We got runners on but couldn’t convert when the time came with runners in scoring position.
Trailing 3-0, the Elks scored a run in the third when Cassidy reached base on an infield hit and moved to third on Colton McCallum’s single to center field. Cayden Hallack brought home Cassidy with a run-scoring double to left field.
Burleson scored again in the fifth on a RBI- single by McCallum that scored Lopez who walked to open the inning. The Elks added another run in the seventh when Evan Jameson hit a leadoff double and scored on a passed ball.
“I felt fine down by three and was confident our hitters would cut that down and eventually tie it, but we had to go to the bullpen early, and then the five-run inning really put us in an offensive bind,” Bruce said.
The Elks used four pitchers Friday night. Starter Isaiah Smith worked two innings, giving up three runs (one earned). Myers gave up two runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings. McCallum surrendered four runs in a third of an inning and Cameron Hauch tossed 2.1 scoreless innings.