Win number seven did not come quite as easy as the sixth, but it still didn't require too much sweat to accumulate on the brow of the Red Oak Hawks.
Red Oak picked up a regular-season sweep of Mansfield Timberview over spring break to begin the District 10-5A slate 2-0. The Hawks soundly thumped the Wolves 26-4 in the opener last Tuesday in Mansfield and then returned home Friday night to pick up a 6-0 victory.
Red Oak also dropped a midweek contest on the road against Corsicana, 7-6, and enters the second week of district action with a 7-5 record.
GAME 1: RED OAK 26, TVIEW 4
The Hawks went down in order in the top of the first inning Tuesday, March 13 in Mansfield and the Timberview Wolves scratched a run in the bottom half.
The Timberview lead was short-lived.
Second-inning singles by Tallon Heine, Hernan Zamora and Jordan Trotter all plated one run and three more scored via Wolves errors for a 6-0 Red Oak lead.
Red Oak then scored seven runs in the third inning and 13 more in the third to build a 26-1 lead. Timberview plated three in the bottom of the fifth inning before Red Oak recorded the final out in the run-rule win.
The Hawks slugged 18 hits in the victory, including a pair of Alden Hart doubles and another from Tristan Olphant. Bryant Bailey blasted the lone home run of the ballgame.
Herman Zamora, Olphant, and Hart all recorded three hits, while Bailey, Trotter and Hart led the Hawks with 4 RBIs.
Stephen Briggs picked up the win on the mound after tossing 2.2 innings of one-hit baseball. He struck out three, walked one and did not allow a run. Three Red Oak relievers combined to record the final seven outs after they allowed one-earned run on four hits and striking out four Wolves.
GAME 2: RED OAK 6, TVIEW 0
Friday night against Timberview was a bit of a different story. The Hawks struggled to string together hits at the plate.
Hernan Zamora helped out his own cause with a fielder's choice groundout in the bottom of the first inning to plate the first Hawk run of the ballgame. The run would eventually be the game-winner, too.
As would Zamora, who tossed six innings of three-hit baseball on the bump. He did not allow a run in the shutout win and struck out six without issuing a walk.
Tallon Heine recorded the save.
"We came out a little flat," Red Oak head baseball coach Jay Johnson said. "It is a little hard to get ready during spring break being out of a routine, so we came out a little flat. But we responded well and scored a couple runs in the first couple of innings. We could have scored a few more runs, but we left some runners on base."
At the plate, Bryant Bailey and Holden Tate each slugged one double. Zamora, Olphant, and Tate recorded the lone RBIs for the Hawks.
"I thought, throughout the lineup, that all of our guys played well," Johnson added. "Our pitcher went out and threw strikes, and we played good defense."
NON-DISTRICT: CORSICANA 7, RED OAK 6
Jordan Trotter doubled to score the first run of a non-district ballgame Wednesday afternoon between Red Oak and Corsicana. Unfortunately, the Tigers woke up soon after to claim a 7-6 victory.
Corsicana scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and four more in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead into the fifth.
The Hawks did rally, though, scoring two in the fifth, and one in the sixth and seventh innings. They also outhit the Tigers 8-5.
Zamora, Trotter and Hart all recorded two hits on the afternoon. Trotter led the Hawks with two RBIs.
The Hawks tossed one pitcher in each of the six innings on the mound. The Red Oak hurlers combined to surrender seven runs (six earned) on five hits and also recorded five strikeouts.
Red Oak returns to District 10-5A action this week against rival Waxahachie. The Indians took both games from the Hawks last season.
Game one is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Red Oak with game two starting at 7 p.m. Friday in Waxahachie.
"That is a big series for us," Johnson said. "Basically, we have to play well. They are a good baseball team, so we are going to have to do the little things. They had our number last year."
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.