Hawks steal one from the Indians
RED OAK - In a game with district rival Waxahachie on Tuesday, March 15, the Hawks literally stole one from the Indians using effective base running and speed.
However, prior to the game, the Hawks lost a key member of their in-field, short stop Garrett Thomas, to a freak batting cage injury where Thomas was hit in the nose by a ricocheting baseball knocking him out of the game.
Coach Autrey had to make some last minute changes, but it all worked out in the end. After four scoreless innings, the Hawks finally had runners on base and took advantage of their aggressive running and speed when Dylan Morales stole third.
With runners now on second and third and the Indians with a left-hander on the mound, Morales broke for home while the Indians’ pitcher was starting his wind up and as the pitch hit the backstop, Morales was sliding head first across home plate for the Hawks first run.
With a runner now on third and up by one, on the very next pitch the Hawks stole home again on another passed ball and the Hawks were up 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth. The Indians closest chance at a run came later in the game.
With a runner on first and third the Indians sent the runner from first to second hoping to draw the throw and Hawks catcher Dillon Cartwright gladly obliged, but the Hawks had it planned out and a quick throw back to Cartwright allowed him to put the tag on the runner trying to slide across for a run.
The Hawks pitching and defense did not allow a run and went on to win 2-0 in one of the most exciting low scoring games seen in sometime.
The Hawks traveled to Terrell on Friday, March 18 and promptly put a whipping on the Tigers 9-2.
The Hawks will next host Forney in a key district match up this Friday, March 25, so come out and support your Hawks and enjoy some spring baseball.
Game time is 7 p.m.