Elks squash Scorpions
CROWLEY - Starting pitching has been a strength for Burleson’s baseball team all season.
The Elks got two strong mound performances from Cameron Hauch and Blake Myers in a sweep of Fort Worth South Hills in a best-of-three Class 5A Region I bi-district playoff series at Crowley’s Mark Jones Field.
Burleson (23-7-1) will face the No. 2 team in the state in Class 5A Colleyville Heritage (30-2) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Arlington’s Globe Life Park in a one-game area-round playoff.
The winner of tonight’s game will take on the winner of the series between Mansfield Legacy and Azle.
The victories snapped a couple of post-season streaks for Burleson.
Friday’s 10-0 run-rule win over the Scorpions was the Elks first playoff win since beating Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 7-6, on May 1, 2014.
The 14-2 run-rule win Saturday gave Burleson its first series victory since topping Lake Dallas in a quarterfinal series in 2011.
Hauch baffled the Scorpions (14-10-1) for five innings. Hauch used just 62 pitches to blank South Hills. He allowed three hits and struck out five.
“Cameron did what he always does,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “He’s definitely ‘Mr. Consistency’ on the mound for us. He has it all. He knows how to pitch. He’s a pitcher and not a thrower. He’s a tough pitcher to face thanks to his good velocity and two off-speed pitches.”
Saturday, Myers tossed a gem holding South Hills to two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out eight.
“I brought Blake in after Game 1 and I told him he was getting the start,” Bruce said. “I told him he had to have his best game and that’s the best game I have seen him pitch. That’s the most efficient he has been. He got his off-speed pitch over for strikes. He attacked the hitters.”