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www.movingpictures.photoreflect.com: Forney blew run scoring opportunities like this base running error as Garrett Thomas runs down the base runner. www.movingpictures.photoreflect.com: Forney blew run scoring opportunities like this base running error as Garrett Thomas runs down the base runner.

RED OAK - The Hawks hosted the Forney Jackrabbits on Friday, March 25 in a big District 15 4-A game.

In keeping with how the season is going, the Hawks played situational baseball and took what Forney gave them.

The Hawks were able to lay down bunt after bunt and advance base runners, while Forney swung for the fence, but never connected.

The game remained scoreless through three innings, but Forney blew two early opportunities to score runs thanks to some great Hawks defense. In the bottom of the fourth, the Hawks’ Dillon Cartwright reached first on a single.

Kirk Brown came in as a pinch runner and on a hit and run, the Forney Short Stop over threw the second baseman and Brown popped up and took off for third.

With runners on first and third, Coach Autrey sent the runner from first hoping to draw the throw and just like the Waxahachie game, Forney bit and Brown was off to home and the throw home was high and late and the Hawks were up 1-0. The Hawks second run would come in the fifth on a passed ball and the Hawks were up 2-0.

In the seventh, things got a little tense when Forney had runners on and were able to get one run across, but the big story of this game was how well the defense played and made difficult plays look easy as the Hawks won 2-1 against a very good Forney team.

Also in action last week, the Freshman Hawks hosted Waxahachie.

This was sort of a rematch of the Waxahachie Freshman tournament two weeks ago when these two teams met in the Championship game, which Waxahachie won. The Indians scored the first five runs before the Hawks got on the board.

The Hawks battled and scored another run in the fifth to make it 5-2 and within reach, but the Indians put it out of reach in the top of the seventh with a triple and a two run shot over the center field wall and won the rematch 7-2.


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