AUSTIN — After defeating Del Valle on Friday night, the Harker Heights Knights were in for a long day of baseball with a short night of rest on Saturday. 

Players had to make their way back home during the final few hours of Friday night, and then show up at school by 6 a.m. for an early-morning matchup with Austin Eastside Memorial.

But as it turned out, the Knights had little trouble playing top-notch baseball. Heights used a five-run third to cruise past Eastside Memorial 10-0 in four innings to conclude the Austin Baseball Tournament.

“They came out and played well despite that adversity,” Heights head coach Glenn Cunningham said.

Heights (8-4-1) was scheduled to play Georgetown East View later in the day, but that game was cancelled due to a storm that drenched the Austin area late Saturday morning.

The Knights concluded the tournament with two wins and one loss.

Cunningham said he was impressed with the way the Knights overcame a short night of sleep, the bus ride and playing the early morning game on a cloudy, windy morning.

Landon Persick had two hits and two RBIs against Eastside Memorial while Kyle Skelton provided a pair of hits.

Pitcher Stephen Shaw struck out 11 batters in four innings of work.

“We’ve been a lot more consistent in the strike zone, we’ve thrown strikes and we’ve cut down our number of walks considerably,” Cunningham said about the team’s pitching.

Harker Heights begins District 8-5A play on Tuesday at Belton.

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