Hallack, Shaha lead Elks past Eagles
Christian Hallack did it again Tuesday night, this time with some help from Parker Shaha.
The senior duo each played huge roles in Burleson’s 4-3 District 9-5A home win over Crowley.
Hallack, Burleson’s mound ace, tossed a seven-hit complete game to get the Elks back into the playoff hunt at the end of the first-half of district play. Hallack allowed three runs, fanned two and walked one.
“I just go to the mound and do what I do, which is let my defense help me out,” Hallack said. “I can’t do it alone. Our bats were there tonight and Parker’s home run was big for us.”
Holding a 2-1 lead, Shaha belted a two-run home run in the fifth that gave the Elks a 4-1 lead. The blow became even bigger when Crowley scored twice in the sixth to close to within 4-3.
In the seventh, Hallack retired the side in order to finish out the win. He did get help in the inning from right fielder Davin White, who made a running catch for the second out.
“We knew going into the game that we had to win it,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “With the experience this team has, they just keep getting better and better as the season goes along.”
Burleson (11-11, 3-4) is in fifth-place, a game-behind Joshua at the end of the first-half of 9-5A play.
The Elks open the second-half of district Friday at district co-leader Granbury. Burleson hosts Joshua Tuesday night.
Trailing 1-0 after Crowley scored in the first, the Elks took the lead for good in the third. J.T. Smith hit a leadoff single and Kayden Cassidy followed with an infield hit. With runners at first and third and one out, the Elks executed a double steal with Smith swiping home and
Cassidy stealing second.
With two out, the Elks scored again on a double with Cassidy scoring on the back end of a steal by White for a 3-1 lead.
Six-run innings hurt Elks
Playing at home on Friday night didn’t agree with Burleson as the Elks fell to Arlington Seguin, 15-7, in a district game.
The Elks hosted the game because of weather damage at Seguin’s field. The Cougars scored six runs in the first inning and held a 7-1 lead heading to the bottom of the third.
Burleson scored four runs the third to close to within 7-5, but Seguin answered with a six-run fourth for a 13-6 lead. The Elks hurt themselves with eight errors and seven walks.
Nik Sanchez had a double and two RBI. Smith and Hallack doubled in runs. White and Hallack each drove in runs. Shaha doubled in the loss.
“We have had that first inning really put us in a hole a couple of games now,” Bruce said. “I’m proud of the kids offensively because they kept us in the game, but our defense has to solid up and start making plays to give our pitchers confidence that they don’t have to get strikeouts to get out of an inning.”