Legacy sweeps Elks from playoffs
The Burleson’s offense looked poised to break out in Game 2 on Saturday, but it came up just short once again.
The Elks lost at Mansfield Legacy 8-5 in Game 2 of the Class 5A Region II bi-district baseball playoff series, ending their season.
Burleson (18-14) struck first by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, totaling more than they had in game one. J.T. Smith, Kayden Cassidy, Parker Shaha, and Nik Sanchez all scored in the offensive outbreak.
Burleson Coach Daniel Bruce said timely hitting led to the big inning.
“We had good base running and we hit the ball with runners in scoring position, which we didn’t do last night,” Bruce said. “But then we just kind of got too far into coast-mode.”
The Elks’ offense was only able to push across one more run on the day. Bruce attributed some of that to the opposing starter Ryan Hill’s off-speed stuff.
“We let that change up come back and beat us,” Bruce said. “We were getting out front.
“We had some swinging and missing and then some weak contact. But we tip our hat to their pitcher. He’s done that all year long, thrown fastballs and change ups and stayed efficient to get outs.”
Kayden Cassidy started on the mound for the Elks. He pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits and four walks while striking out two.
Hayden Alexander, Blake Meyers, and Logan Hammit all pitched in relief for the Elks. Alexander pitched 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk. Meyers faced just one batter, walking him in the fifth. Hammit finished the game for the Elks, going 1.1 innings allowing no base runners and striking out one.
Appearing in the playoffs for the first time since 2014, the Elks look to keep taking steps in the right direction as a program.
“It says a lot about this senior group,” Bruce said. “They’ve been the last two years without anything in the playoffs and they decided that we want to be different and we want to be better. They got to that next step, and now it’s on the younger kids to keep stepping it up.”
Elks rally comes up short
Despite a few late inning rallies on Friday night, Burleson dropped Game 1 to Mansfield Legacy 4-3.
The Elks trailed 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning before three straight hits scored two runs. The Broncos (22-8) scored one in the sixth before Burleson’s Smith picked up his second RBI base hit of the night to close the deficit to one run.
The Elks tried to rally in the seventh as Sanchez reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a passed ball. But with two outs, Legacy second baseman Bryson Collins made a diving play on a ball hit in the hole by Christian Hallack to end the game.
Hallack was on the mound for the Elks, going the distance. He gave up four runs (one earned), on nine hits, and three walks while striking out three.
Smith and Cassidy led the offense for the Elks on the night. Smith went 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Cassidy was 2-4 with one RBI.