Elks’ Hauch named 5-5A Pitcher of the Year
Not long after the final out last season, then junior Cameron Hauch dedicated himself to making his senior year a great one.
Hauch worked hard in the off-season and Burleson baseball coach Daniel Bruce said he returned in the fall a changed player.
Having a consistent guy like that on the mound sets the tone for the whole season.
“He wanted to make his senior season a good one,” Bruce said. “He knew he had to be at the top of his game both physically and mentally. He took care of business over the summer. He worked hard and lost a little weight.”
Hauch’s hard work paid off as he was awarded District 5-5A Pitcher of the Year honors.
“Having a consistent guy like that on the mound sets the tone for the whole season,” Hauch said.
The Hill College signee went 4-1 in 5-5A play with a 0.93 ERA over 45 innings. He allowed 23 hits, 11 runs (six earned), struck out 77 and walked 13.
“Once we started working out in the fall he was able to locate more than one pitch for a strike and that helped out big time,” Hauch said. “Then by the time the season rolled around he was able to throw three pitches on both sides of the plate in any count and that’s what made him so good.”
Even though it wasn’t in district play, Hauch turned in a great effort in the playoffs against eventual Class 5A state champion Colleyville Heritage.
Hauch limited the Panthers’ potent lineup to two runs (one earned) and four hits in six innings.
“Against a lineup like that it just shows what Cameron can do,” Bruce said. “Especially considering how many runs they put up in the rest of the playoffs.”
For the second time in three years, an Elk first baseman earned Defensive Player of Year accolades.
Senior Cody Griever followed in the footsteps of former Elk Parker Shaha, who won District 9-5A Defensive Player of Year honors as a senior in 2017.
“Cody learned a lot from Parker and saw how much better Parker got between his junior and senior year,” Bruce said. “Cody did the same thing.”
Bruce said Griever got better thanks in part to a lot of self-motivation.
“When you are coaching Cody it’s on the very, very fine detailed points because he’s already done his due diligence to know what it takes to do good,” Parker said.
After being DHed for most of his junior season, Griever was called to hit this season and delivered.
The senior finished 5-5A play hitting .309 with five runs scored, 13 hits, eight RBI, four doubles and triple.
The Elks had a great season going 23-8-1 for the year. Burleson finished tied for third place with Granbury with a record of 9-5. The Elks defeated Fort Worth South Hills in the first round of the playoffs then lost to Heritage, 2-0, in the area round of the playoffs.
“It was an amazing year,” Bruce said. “From the first tournament to the very last game, these kids just put their head down and worked. They realized that having fun was related to working hard and winning.”
The team talked about gratification instead of fun, Bruce said.
“We discussed how gratification is something that you earned and something that you work for,” Bruce said. “That’s what kept these kids satisfied, that the stuff we had been working was finally coming into place and it was really nice.”
Burleson produced one first-team play in senior centerfielder Blake Meyers.
The senior proved a capable hitter and great defensive player. One of Meyers best defensive games might have been against Centennial when he threw out two runners at the plate.
“Blake is just a heck of an athlete,” Bruce said. “He played center field for us and also came in and pitched for us. Next year he’s probably going to get more mound time I’m assuming.”
Meyers hit .326 for the Elks with 13 runs scored, 16 RBI, three doubles, two triples and a home run in district play.
Burleson produced three second-team players in junior pitcher Isaiah Smith, sophomore designated hitter Isaiah Amador and sophomore utility player Jagger Johns.
The Elks had three players earn Honorable Mention status in senior third baseman Jacob Amador, senior second baseman Evan Jameson and junior catcher Carson Hallack.