Harker Heights' Daniel Cole bats against Ellison on Friday at Ellison. The Knights host Shoemaker tonight.

Jen Morgan | Herald

Harker Heights is still clinging to the No. 4 seed in District 8-5A heading into a home game against Shoemaker tonight.

Yet after a nine-inning win against Ellison on Friday, the Knights have a bigger margin for error.

But not by much.

As head coach Glenn Cunningham said after the Knights’ win against Killeen a week ago, every game is important for the Knights in the home stretch of the regular season.

But at this point, the Knights are used to it.

“It was a lot of pressure on us,” center fielder Michael Rae Zapata said after the Ellison win. “But we just came out and played good baseball, like we know how to.”

Zapata came up with what turned out to be the game-winning hit on a two-run single in the top of the ninth that was his only hit of the game.

Yet Zapata, like the rest of his team, found a way to produce when the Knights needed it most.

“We came through when we needed it,” Cunningham said. “And I’m proud of them for that.”

Heights (15-7, 6-4 8-5A) defeated Shoemaker (8-15, 2-8) in a lopsided 10-0 win the last time the teams met.

But after close wins against Killeen and Ellison in its last two games, the Knights certainly won’t be taking the Grey Wolves for granted.

After all, they’re used to it.

Contact Jordan Mason at jmason@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7562​

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