Hawks honor Baseball Seniors

Story and Photos by Steve Patterson / Moving Pictures

On Tuesday, April 18, the Red Oak Hawks baseball team honored their 2017 Seniors after their game against Mansfield Summit.

Prior to Senior Player introduction, there was the matter of a baseball game to be played. The Hawks, who once were in first place in District 10-5A, are now trying to grab any spot to make the playoffs, and Tuesday night would not be easy.

The Hawks defeated Summit on the road early in the season, but like all the teams in this district, Summit is scratching for a playoff spot themselves.

Summit jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of 3 innings, and then it became a pitching duel with the Hawks’ Erik Gipson on the mound. Gipson would go nearly the entire game, but the UIL’s new maximum pitches rule caught up to him as well as the Summit’s starting pitcher.

The Hawks battled back in the bottom of the 5th scoring 3 runs to tie the game, but the real story was the opportunities missed when the Hawks had the bases loaded twice and couldn’t put the game out of reach.

Into extra innings they went, and late into the evening they battled. Both teams, having chances each of the extra frames couldn’t capitalize until the top of the 9th inning, when Summit exploded for 8 runs. When the top of the 9th ended, Red Oak was down 11-3, and the game ended with that score.

The Hawks were in a tough spot, needing to win two of their next 3 games. They beat Lancaster 5-0 on April 21, but lost 2-1 to Midlothian on April 25. Their final home game is against Mansfield Legacy April 28.

After the Summit game, each Senior Player was introduced and escorted by parents, family and friends to home plate for a photo then a Senior group photo was taken.