AUSTIN — Their classmates may be enjoying a week off from school, but for the Ellison, Shoemaker and Harker Heights baseball teams, the real work begins this week with District 8-5A play.
The Killeen ISD teams had one final opportunity at a district warmup last weekend when they traveled to Austin for the Austin Baseball Tournament.
“You always like to go in on a positive note,” Harker Heights head coach Glenn Cunningham said. “We still have a lot of things to clean up as we go, but it certainly helps to gain a little momentum along the way.”
Shoemaker hosts Temple, Ellison visits Waco Midway and Harker Heights travels to Belton on Tuesday.
The Knights (8-4-1) beat Del Valle and Austin Eastside Memorial by a combined 21 runs at the tournament to take two out of the three games they played.
The Knights got some good performances on the mound from Daniel Cole and Stephen Shaw in those wins.
Cole struck out four Lake Travis batters in four innings to open the tournament and had four RBIs in a win over Del Valle. Shaw struck out 11 batters in four innings of work against Eastside Memorial.
Against Eastside Memorial, Landon Persick had two hits and two RBIs while Kyle Skelton provided a pair of hits.
Shoemaker (6-7) opened the tournament with a loss to Kerrville Tivy, picked up a win via forfeit over Eastside Memorial and lost to Austin McCallum on Friday.
Roberto Delgado had two hits and three RBIs against Austin McCallum while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings against Kerrville Tivy.
Wade Corn also had a good game against McCallum, striking out five batters in five innings.
“All of our main guys are stepping up and playing good ball for us right now,” Shoemaker head coach Harry Zambrana said. “All of them deserve the credit for how they played this weekend.”
Ellison (2-11) lost all four games in the tournament, but head coach Ty Oppermann said he was impressed with the way the team made contact.
“Overall, we had a good weekend as far as us developing as a program and as a team,” Oppermann said. “Everybody had a little bit of good, a little bit of bad.”
Chris Adkles had an RBI in a 6-1 loss to Lake Travis and A.J. Frescatore led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run in a 15-1 loss to No. 1 Corpus Christi Moody.