Elks play gets more consisent
The second to last tournament test for Burleson went well over the weekend as Burleson’s baseball team went 3-3 at the Burleson Elk Classic.
The Elks won their first two games at the tournament, lost the next two and split the final games on Saturday.
“We played more consistent than last weekend,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “Our pitching is falling a little more into place, we have had to pull up some sub-varsity kids who have done a great job competing and filling the rolls we have needed them to. As a team, we just have to make adjustments sooner and not wait till the last inning to try to make things happen offensively. We have some guys really smashing the ball, we just have to learn when to dial it down a notch and do a better job of situational hitting when the time comes.”
The Elks finish out tournament play at the Western Hills Tower Classic. Burleson plays Western Hills at 4 p.m. today. The
Elks face White Settlement Brewer Friday at 10 a.m. and Wichita Falls at 2 p.m. Saturday, Burleson plays Birdville at 10 a.m.
“We have four big games this weekend as our last tune up before starting district play Tuesday, which makes this tournament at Western Hills really important,” Bruce said.
Burleson opens District 9-5A Tuesday hosting Granbury and plays March 17 at Joshua.
Parker Shaha’s grand slam struck the big blow in the Elks eight-run first inning as Burleson opened the tournament with a 16-6 victory over Fort Worth Polytechnic.
Jacob Amador went the distance for the win scattering six hits over five innings.
Kayden Cassidy and Nik Sanchez each drove in three runs. Cassidy doubled and tripled. Conner Schrayer tripled. Davin White and Hayden Alexender doubled.
In their second game of the day, the Elks scored five runs with two-out in the sixth to defeat Fort Worth Western Hills, 8-6. Sanchez struck the big blow in the inning with a three-run triple. The Elks finished with just four hits.
Logan Hammit got the win in relief and Kayden Cassidy worked the seventh inning to register the save.
Burleson won one of its last four games during the tournament.
Friday, the Elks lost to Abilene Cooper, 6-2, and Red Oak, 6-5. JT Smith and Alexander singled in runs for Burleson. Christian Hallack tossed six innings, allowing six runs (five unearned) on 11 hits.
Trailing 6-0 heading into the sixth inning, Burleson scored five runs in the inning. Logan Hammit tripled and drove in two runs. White, Smith and Brady Camp each had RBIs. White tripled and Sanchez and Camp doubled.
The Elks came back on Saturday and drilled Dallas Molina 14-2 with an eight-hit attack that featured five extra-base hits. White tripled and drove in three runs. Myers had a double and two RBI.
Cassidy tripled and had an RBI. Sanchez, Shaha and Trey Lopez each had RBI.
Colton McCallum allowed two hits and one earned run in four innings of work for the win.
Burleson dropped its last game, 3-2, to Covenant Christian in the final inning. Smith doubled in a run and Alexander brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Cassidy pitched a strong game, scattering six hits over six innings while striking out five.