Elks fall to Crowley in nine innings
Thanks to an error, Crowley was able to walk away with a 5-4 District 9-5A baseball victory in nine innings over Burleson Tuesday night.
With two-out and runners at second and third Sammy Garcia’s pop fly turned into a run-scoring error and a game-winner as Kris Greer scored from third.
Burleson’s Cameron Hauch took the loss in relief. Hauch allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 3.2 innings. He fanned three and walked two. Starter Kayden Cassidy tossed five innings allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out 13 and walked three.
The Elks scored twice in the first inning and added two runs in the sixth inning.
Burleson took a 2-0 lead on back-to-back solo home runs by Colton McCallum and Cassidy.
Trailing 3-2 in the sixth inning, the Elks took a lead thanks to a pair of runs.
Hayden Alexander and Jacob Amador walked to open the inning. Isaiah Smith moved the runners to second and third with a bunt then
Blake Myers tied the game with a run-scoring ground out. With two-out, Trey Lopez doubled in Amador for a 4-3 lead.
The lead didn’t last long as Crowley’s Garrett Chappell hit a solo home run to start the sixth inning.
Burleson got runners on base in both the seventh and ninth innings but couldn’t score.
The Elks (11-10, 3-4) host Granbury Friday night and play at Joshua Tuesday night.
Cleburne downs Elks
After falling behind 5-1 in the second inning, the Elks rally to defeat Arlington Seguin, 6-5, Thursday night.
Elks’ pitcher Cameron Hauch gave up five runs (one earned) in the first two innings. Hauch bounced back retiring the next ten Cougars he faced. He worked his way out of a two-on jam in the sixth and in the seventh got out of trouble after a leadoff-single.
Burleson scored twice in the third to cut Seguin’s lead to 5-3. With runners at second and third and two out, Carson Hallack’s two-run single scored Myers and McCallum.
In the fifth, McCallum singled with two out. He stole second and scored on Kayden Cassidy’s RBI-single to slice the lead to 5-4.
Myers set the table for the Elks in the seventh with a leadoff single. After Cody Griever’s sacrifice bunt moved Myers to second base, McCallum doubled to left field to tie the game at 5-5. Cassidy followed with a double to left for the game-winner.
Elks fall at Cleburne
Facing the top-ranked team in Class 5A, Burleson lost to Cleburne, 6-1, Wednesday night in a game.
After allowing a run in the first inning, Burleson rallied in the second inning scoring a run to tie things up at 1-1.
T.J. Pound opened the second with a double to center field. With two-out and Pound at third base, Smith lined a run-scoring single to center.
The lead didn’t last long as the Yellow Jackets scored a run in the third to take a one-run lead.
Cleburne added two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-1 lead.
The Elks left a runner on base in the third and fourth innings then stranded two runners each in the last three innings.
Burleson starter Cassidy took the loss working four innings. He allowed four runs on three hits, walked seven and struck out six. Hauch tossed a scoreless fifth inning. Cameron West threw the sixth inning allowed two hits on three runs while fanning one.