The Salado Eagles completed the sweep of Liberty Hill last night by defeating the Panthers 6-0 in front of a packed crowd at Eagle Field. It was the perfect ending to a night that saw the Eagles honor the State Championship team of 2008 and the 2018 senior class. Salado now improves to 18-2-2 and stand atop district 19-4A with a perfect 9-0 record.
Ryan Oakes took the mound for the second time this year against the Panthers and once again walked away with the win. Ryan went 6 innings, giving up only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 10. Jacob Wilk came on in the 7th to close the game, striking out 2. In addition to outstanding pitching, the Eagle defense was impressive. Dalton Hawes had an unassisted double play by catching a dying line drive at second and tagging first to double up the runner that had already advanced. In a play that brought the Eagle fans to their feet, a ball was hit in the gap of right center where Drew Dobbins fired a bullet to cutoff Jacob Wilk who then turned and gunned down the Panther trying to advance to third. Kade Maedgen received the throw and put the tag on the runner. Kade also made an incredible leap to rob Liberty Hill in the first on a line drive to left.
Offensively, Rustin Hale started the Eagles in the first by blasting a 3 RBI home run into strong winds over the left field fence. The shot was Rustin’s third of the year and the 13th of the season for Eagles. Ryan Oakes was 1-4 with an RBI and a double, Dalton Hawes was 2-3 with an RBI, Jacob Wilk was 1-2, Mac Miller was 1-3 with a double, Max Marin was 2-3 with a double and Belton Farr was 1-3.
It was a good win for the Eagles who now travel to Taylor next Tuesday to take on the Ducks. Salado has three games remaining in district as they march towards the playoffs and the boys could use a crowd like last night at every one of them.