Hawks baseball open their season at the Ball Park in Arlington
RED OAK - What way to start the season when your first game is at the Ball Park in Arlington home of the 2010 AL Champions, Texas Rangers. Prior to leaving for the Ball Park, the varsity players and coaches were each given a "spirit bucket" filled with candy and snacks by Ashlee Patterson, Cassidy Landry and Emily Yetts. Once the team arrived at the Ball Park it was all business.
Coach Autrey had a team photo taken then it was off to warm ups. The Hawks were then allowed to take batting practice then took the field to warm up. Coach Autrey warmed up the infield and the Hawks wasted no time adjusting to playing in a MLB park.
The Keller Indians were up first and their lead-off batter hit a triple giving them a scoring threat early.
With one out, the Hawks Short Stop Garret Thomas caught a line drive inches off the dirt and turned and threw to third for a quick double play to get the Hawks out of the inning with no harm done.
The Hawks also got their lead-off batter on base and were able to score first as Dillon Morales dove head first into home to put the Hawks up 1-0, but the Keller Indians answered back taking a two run lead in the third.
The Indians then put three more up in the fourth to go up 5-1. The Hawks tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh and chased one pitcher off the mound before getting bases loaded and two outs.
With the score now 5-2, Zach Gonzales hit a shot to center field only to have the Indians center fielder make a risky, but great diving catch to end the game.
If he would have missed it, the Hawks would have at least tied the game as the runners were running on the pitch.
After the game, the Rangers Staff were very accommodating and allowed photos with parents and friends on the field.
The Hawks definitely had a larger fan base and made a lot of noise for their team and they appreciated everyone that came out!
Overall it was an awesome experience for everyone.