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The Hawks Second Baseman Zach Gonzalez (#5) puts the tag on the Indians runner on the attempted stolen base. The Hawks Second Baseman Zach Gonzalez (#5) puts the tag on the Indians runner on the attempted stolen base.

RED OAK - On Friday, April 29, the Hawks varsity baseball held their last 2011 regular season game against Lancaster and also celebrated senior night. 

Prior to the game, the seniors were introduced with their parents as a brief bio was read about each player. 

After the pregame celebrations, the teams got down to playing ball. 

And it was Lancaster that would score first in the top half of the second inning, but that would be their only run. 

The Hawks quickly got three outs and went to work and scored 13 runs in the bottom half of the inning. 

While the Hawks were taking care of Lancaster and would eventually go on to win 20-1 in four innings, down the road in Waxahachie the Indians were trying to stay alive in the play-offs hosting the district leading Poteet Pirates.

In probably the biggest upset of the season, Waxahachie was able to knock off Poteet and end their 59 game winning streak in a very emotional game. 

The Indians win put Red Oak in a three-way tie with the Indians and Forney, even though the Hawks swept Forney in the regular season…still scratching your head on that one? 

Regardless, this forced a round-robin set of games and Red Oak ended up on the wrong side of the coin. 

Red Oak now had to play Waxahachie at noon on Saturday, April 30 in Ennis and what a game it was. 

The defenses on both teams made amazing plays to keep the game scoreless until the bottom of the third, when the Hawks’ Robert Elles turned on a pitch and drove over the right field wall for a solo home run. 

It turned out that would be the only run the Hawks needed as Elles went on to pitch a shutout and the Hawks beat the Indians 1-0 in 7 innings. 

Waiting for the winner, the Forney Jackrabbits game to increase their seeding position in the district however, they ran into a very confident Hawks team after their 1-0 win over the Indians. 

The Hawks struck quick against the somewhat flat footed rabbits and went up 3-0 in the second inning and looking like nothing was going to stop them. 

Well Forney finally woke up and started swinging. 

They were able to tie the game up 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. They took a 4-3 lead later in the game against a tired Hawks baseball team and went on to win, 4-3. 

After it was all over, the top 4 teams in District 15-4A are Mesquite Poteet, Forney Jackrabbits, Red Oak Hawks and the Waxahachie Indians. 

The Hawks will now play Bryan Rudder in the bi-district round in a best of three series.

Game one will been in Bryan on Thursday, May 5 and game two will be in Red Oak Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. 

If a game three is necessary, it will be immediately following game two in Red Oak. 

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