Timely hits elude Elks in loss
Burleson got a strong relief effort from Reese Etter Tuesday night at Crowley but it wasn’t enough as the Elks fell to the Eagles, 4-2, in a District 8-5A game.
Etter, who relieved starter Kayden Cassidy in the second inning, allowed a pair of unearned runs in five innings of work. The senior surrendered three hits, struck out four and walked three.
“Reese pitched a great after entering the game in the second,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “We had three errors in one inning that hurt us and we couldn’t get a key hit with the bases loaded.”
Cassidy allowed a pair of runs in the first inning.
Burleson (12-14, 4-9) closes out its season Friday hosting Joshua. The Elks senior class will be honored before the game.
In the third, the Elks loaded the bases with one out on error, a single by Cassidy and a Nik Sanchez walk. Davin White singled in a run before Garrett Chappell retired the next two Elks to end the treat.
The Eagles extended their lead to 4-2 in the fifth thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly and a run-scoring wild pitch.
The Elks scored a run in the sixth when White singled to open the inning and eventually scored on pinch hitter Parker Shaha’s sacrifice fly.
After Cassidy worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, the Elks tried to rally in the seventh. Jordan Lidgett hit a leadoff single and pinch runner Brady Camp moved to second with one out. But the Eagles finished the game when Jackson Murray hit into a line drive double.
Elks come up short again against Aledo
For the second consecutive game, Burleson’s baseball team let a game against one of the top teams in District 8-5A get away.
Heading into the fifth inning, the Elks and Aledo were tied 1-1 but in the last three innings the Bearcats out scored Burleson, 8-1, to pull away for a 9-2 win at Burleson last Friday.
Christian Hallack took the loss after allowing seven runs (two earned) in 5.1 innings. Hallack surrendered 11 hits, fanned six and walked one. J.T. Smith gave up two runs in the 1.1 innings. He allowed one hit, walked four and struck out two.
“We are just struggling to finish a full game with offense to match our pitching,” Bruce said. “We are just getting outlasted now.”
After Aledo took a 1-0 lead in the third on a two-out RBI double, Burleson (12-13, 4-8) responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
With one out in the third, Hayden Alexander drew a walk. He took second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a Kayden Cassidy ground out. Davin White followed with a two-out line-drive run-scoring single to center.
Aledo scored a pair of runs in the fifth on a run-scoring single and added four runs in the sixth.
In the sixth, the Elks threatened to get back into the game as they loaded the bases with a Cassidy single and walks by White and Andrew Bell with one-out. After a strikeout, Nik Sanchez singled in a run but Burleson couldn’t score any more runs.
The Bearcats scored twice in the seventh on bases-loaded RBI single and a run-scoring hit batter.