Pitcher Beau Burrows knew the winning hit was coming.
After Burrows struck out 14 batters in eight innings of work last week against Arlington Lamar at Raymond E. Curtis Field, Weatherford left fielder and leadoff man Preston Edison came up to the plate with designated hitter Mason Zamarron occupying third base. Edison slapped a low liner into left for a walk-off single and a 2-1 victory.
“It took awhile, but I’ve got confidence in everyone up and down that lineup,” Burrows said after the win that moved his record to 7-3 on the season. “I knew they’d pick me up.”
Burrows recorded his 10th and 11th strikeouts in the seventh inning after getting into a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the inning. The senior leaned on his fastball, which had Lamar hitters off balance all evening.
“He makes my decision-making process pretty easy, with how many strikes he throws,” Weatherford coach Terry Massey said.
Lamar left fielder Wesley Powell smacked a double down the left-field line and reached third on an error after Burrows recorded his 12th strikeout to start the eighth. Burrows intentionally walked Lamar shortstop Shane Buechele and pitcher Brendan Bell (6-1) later in the inning to keep a double play in play down the stretch, but he didn’t need to.
Burrows struck out the side in the eighth and watched as the Roos (13-13, 8-5 District 4-6A) scratched across the winning run in the bottom half of the inning against Bell, who had been equal to the task with his array of off-speed pitches all evening.
Lamar (14-8, 10-3) scored first in the fourth inning on Bell’s sacrifice fly that brought Powell home for a 1-0 Vikings lead. Weatherford tied the game in the fifth on Zamarron’s rope single that brought in right fielder Zach Rodriguez.
With the win, Weatherford has all but locked up one of District 4-6A’s playoff spots. The Roos can finish no worse than a tie for fourth place, while Lamar will likely finish second in the district.
Matt Martinez, 817-390-7760