SALADO — The air was cool, but the bats were hot for Salado on Friday evening.
The District 22-2A champion Eagles capped off their stellar season by routing Florence High 7-0 on senior night, good for Salado’s 12th straight win.
Eagles junior ace Casey Frazier picked up the complete-game win and struck out 10.
The game started out slow, the early innings were dominated by pitching and defense. With a man on second and two outs, Florence threatened.
A liner down the first base line hung just long enough for Salado junior right fielder Davis Little to make a run saving diving catch, ending the Buffaloes best chance of scoring.
Both teams remained tied 0-0 until the bottom of the third inning, when Salado senior and future Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Reagan Bazar scored on a Florence error.
“We didn’t play our best ball tonight ... I think senior night might have thrown us off of our routine a bit,” Bazar said. “We were flustered a bit at first, but once we settled in we started scoring some runs.”
With Salado (27-3-1, 13-1 22-2A) up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, a pair of Florence walks and a wild pitch came back to bite the Buffaloes.
Salado was able to capitalize in the inning and score an additional three runs before the Buffs could stop the bleeding.
Sloppy play by the Buffaloes ended up costing Florence the game, but Eagles head coach Chad Krempin was complementary of the Florence player’s effort.
“They got a pretty good team, they’re pitcher did a great job tonight, he’s a crafty lefty ... you look at our district and there is so much great pitching, Florence can play with most anybody in our district,” he said.
Krempin was happy with the win but was looking forward to the oncoming playoffs.
“It was nice to be challenged tonight, we know what we got to work on in the cages,” he said, “these past few weeks have been a little stale with us clinching early, but were excited for the next challenge.”