Elks’ District 9-5A win streak reaches three games
Admittedly, Burleson baseball coach Daniel Bruce said senior pitcher Christian Hallack let his emotions get the best of him during one inning, but the rest of the night he was dominating.
Hallack went the distance for the Elks in an 8-3 District 9-5A home win over Joshua.
The senior faltered in the sixth inning, allowing three runs, but by then his team had built an 8-0 lead. Hallack scattered eight hits, walked none and struck out eight for a crucial win.
“Christian did what he normally does but we expect a little more from him there at the end,” Bruce said. “He let his emotions get high and I think he got the baseball high. Joshua made good adjustments and hit the ball. Joshua’s a good team, They can hit the ball.”
The Elks (13-11, 5-4) are in the midst of a three-game district winning streak that features wins over front-running Granbury and Cleburne. Burleson plays tonight at Everman and hosts Centennial Tuesday night.
Burleson got off to a fast start Tuesday, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Jacob Amador gave the Elks a 2-0 lead with a two-out double with none out. Amador moved to third on a single by Colton McCallum and scored on a balk.
The Elks added a pair of runs in the fourth when McCallum doubled to drive home Amador and JT Smith singled in McCallum. Burleson scored three times in the fifth as McCallum and Kayden Cassidy collected RBI hits and another run scored on a passed ball.
“Against Granbury Friday night we left 10 runners on base,” Bruce said. “Tonight we made the most of those opportunities. That’s something we have been working hard on in practice.”
Cassidy hurls Elks to win
For six innings, Cassidy was lights out in relief Friday night in Granbury.
The junior tossed six shutout innings and the Elks rallied for five runs to defeated Granbury, 5-3, in the District 9-5A game.
Cassidy scattered three hits, struck out seven and walked two to register the win in relief of starting pitcher Hayden Alexander. Cassidy also helped himself with a pair of RBI.
“Cassidy was awesome,” Bruce said.
The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Alexander gave up one hit, walked two and fanned two.
“We are still having some rough first innings but this time we were able to overcome it in the 7th inning and get the come from behind win,” Bruce said. “We have been close in those games that we got behind early and never given up. Tonight it proved worth it to keep battling and having a never-give-up attitude till the very end.”
Burleson cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when Brady Camp drew a leadoff walk and scored on a Cassidy double to left field.
Trailing 3-1, the Elks scored four runs in the seventh to take the lead. Alexander opened the inning with a single and took second when Conner Schrayer reached on an error. Smith then loaded the bases with a bunt single.
Burleson closed to within 3-2 when Alexander scored on a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Cassidy. Parker Shaha reloaded the bases when he reached on an error. Nik Sanchez then hit a run-scoring single and Hallack followed with a two-run single that gave the Elks the lead.
Cassidy then struck out the side to complete the win.