The Burleson Elks Varsity Baseball team bagged two wins on Day One of the season-opening Border Olympics Tournament in Laredo, Texas. Here’s what happened:
Brownsville Veterans Memorial Chargers 0
Burleson Elks 8
The Elks (1-0, 0-0) rode the left arm of Senior pitcher Kayden Cassidy to an 8-0 victory in 6 innings over the Brownsville Veterans Memorial Chargers Thursday afternoon. Cassidy (1-0), a 4-year Varsity starter for Coach Bruce’s Elks, pitched 5 innings to pick up the win, notching ten strikeouts along the way. He gave up two hits and two walks, and did not allow a runner to 3rd base. Junior pitcher Kain Rodriguez struck out one Charger in an inning of work; the appearance was Rodriguez’s Varsity debut.
The Elks’ offensive output was very balanced, with 7 of 9 starters reaching base. Sophomore catcher Carson Hallack was 1-2 with an RBI and a walk; fellow Sophomore Colton McCallum was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Kayden Jameson, T.J. Pound, Luke Magilley, Cody Griever, and Evan Jameson made their Varsity debuts.
The game ended after 6 innings due to tournament time-limit rules.
Burleson Elks 3
Eagle Pass Eagles 2
The Elks (2-0, 0-0) scored two runs in the top of 7th, and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Eagle Pass Eagles Thursday evening.
The Elks were trailing 2-1 and down to their last out when Sophomore catcher Carson Hallack stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Hallack worked the count to 2-1, then hit a double to right field to score two runs that gave BHS a 3-2 lead. Junior pitcher Cameron Hauch, making his Varsity debut, made the lead stand as he struck out 3 Eagles in the bottom of the 7th to notch his first save of the season.
Senior pitcher Hayden Alexander, a Dallas Baptist University-signee, threw 6 strong innings in his season debut. Alexander (1-0) allowed two earned runs on just two hits, and struck out eight Eagles.
Elks pitching coach Michael Snapp praised the right-hander’s poise and competitiveness. “That’s a game that, with two early runs against him on a balk and a wild pitch, might have gotten away from Hayden last year. I was very proud of the way he settled down and started pounding the zone after the 1st inning. When he’s working quick like that and throwing 3 pitches for strikes, he’s as good as anyone in our district.”
At the plate, Hallack finished 1-3 with 3 RBI and a walk to go with his game-winning double. Junior outfielder Evan Jameson was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Along with Hauch, Cameron West and John Lopez made their Varsity debuts.