Three Elks make 8-5A second team
Things didn’t go well for Burleson’s baseball team this season but the Elks still managed to place three players on the second-team of the District 8-5A baseball team.
Gaining second-team honors were outfielder Davin White, catcher Nik Sanchez and Christian Hallack at designated hitter. All three were juniors for coach Daniel Bruce.
The Elks suffered some close losses this season on the way to finishing seventh in 8-5A with a record of 4-10. Burleson posted an overall record of 12-15,
“Last year, we only had six wins total, this year we had 12,” Bruce said. “If we can add some more wins to that total next season and make sure those are during the 14 district games, then we are going to find a way into the playoffs. As you can tell with what is happening in the playoffs, it doesn’t matter where you get in whether you are the first place team or the fourth place team. We just have to keep getting better.”
At the end of last season, Bruce wasn’t sure where then sophomore White fit in for the Elks’ varsity. But White put in a lot of work during the summer and at the beginning of the year to get better.
The effort paid off for White, who earned a starting position in the outfield.
“He was the most improved player on the team by far,” said Bruce of White. “His honor was well-deserved.”
In district play, White hit .256 in 14 games. The junior collected three doubles and a triple while driving in five runs and scoring four runs. Thanks to five walks he had an on-base percentage of .370.
Sanchez, who started at third base last season with the varsity, slipped right into the starting catcher’s role where he was much more comfortable.
“That was a natural move for him.” Bruce said. “Nik is a catcher by trade. I expect him to at the minimum get on the first team next season because of his potential.”
In 14 district games, Sanchez led the team in hits (15), batting average (.395) and on-base percentage (.500). He slugged .421 and had four RBI.
Hallack was the Elks designated hitter when he wasn’t pitching. Bruce admitted that going into the district meeting he didn’t expect Hallack to gain honors as the designated hitter.
“Christian really came on during the second half of district play even though he wasn’t our full-time designated hitter he has a great season,” Bruce said.
In 18 plate appearances in district play, Hallack hit .375 with a team-high .563 slugging percentage. He collected three RBI and had a double and a triple.
Burleson had two honorable mention players in senior first baseman Reese Etter and junior pitcher/outfielder Kayden Cassidy.