Hallack no hits Everman for first 9-5A win
Christian Hallack flirted with perfection Tuesday night.
The Burleson junior had a perfect game going for 4.1 innings before hitting a batter. He then retired it next two batters to finish off a five-inning no-hitter as the Elks run-ruled Everman 15-0 at home in District 9-5A play.
Hallack struck out five and also helped himself at the plate going 2-for-3 with a two-run double in a five-run third inning.
“His velocity was up with less effort,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “He kept the ball at the knees and was able to throw his off-speed pitch for strikes. He threw the fastball on both sides of the plate, which was a big deal.”
Parker Shaha, who drove in three runs, also had a two-run double in the third. Trey Lopez had a big night offensively with three hits, a double and four RBIs.
“We shuffled the lineup a bit and I think it got us going offensively,” Bruce said. “Maybe hitting in a different spot in the batting order calmed some players down.”
The win was the Elks (9-9, 1-2) first in district play. Burleson plays at Centennial Friday and hosts Cleburne Tuesday night.
“We are going to work the next few days to see what we can do to get prepared for Centennial,” Bruce said.
Joshua rallies past Elks
Friday night, Joshua scored three times in the sixth inning to hand Burleson a 3-1 district loss.
“We out hit them 5-4 and stranding 10 runners was our Achilles heel,” Bruce said. “We have to hit better with runners in scoring position in order to win close games.”
Burleson took the lead in the first when Shaha singled in Davin White for a 1-0 lead.
The Elks loaded the bases in the fourth with one out but couldn’t score a run.
Joshua tied the game in the fifth thanks to a walk, an error and sacrifice.
In the sixth inning, Burleson put two runners on base with one out and the Elks failed to score.
Joshua’s Landon Latham doubled to open the sixth. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Dakota Jones’ RBI-single.
Landon McCoy moved Jones to second on sacrifice bunt. Jones then scored on a ground out for a 3-1 lead.
Kayden Cassidy worked five innings, allowing three hits and a pair of runs (one earned). Cassidy struck out six and walked three.
“Kayden definitely pitched well enough to win,” Bruce said.
Connery Peters pitched well for Joshua over 5.1 innings. Peters allowed one run (unearned) on five hits. He walked six and fanned five. Matt Haley tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.