The Red Oak Hawks suffered two late-game heartbreak this week on the baseball diamond.
Twice the Hawks held a late lead during a Tuesday-Friday two-game District 14-5A series against Corsicana. And both times the Tigers found just enough offense — and lucky hops — to steal both games, 4-3.
After game two Friday, Red Oak head baseball coach Jay Johnson said his team had played well in each of the two games.
"The key thing with early leads you can't sit on them and you have to keep adding to it," Johnson said. "If you let the other team hang around and they get a little spark then the game can change in a hurry."
The losses dropped Red Oak to 12-10 on the season and 3-3 in District 14-5A.
The Hawks took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday on the road against Corsicana. They then had the Tigers down to their final out — twice.
Corsicana's Blake Hoffman eventually singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the 4-3 Corsicana win.
Hernan Zamora led the Hawks at the plate with a double and triple. Jaylyn Bennett (1-3, R) added a double.
Zamora also tossed five innings of shutout baseball. He struck out five, walked two, scattered three hits and exited the mound with a 1-0 lead.
Christian Samuels and Bryant Bailey came on for the Hawks in relief and were charged with all four earned runs on four hits.
Devan Lindsey earned the win for the Tigers after he tossed 3.1 innings of one-hit ball. He struck out seven.
The Hawks returned to action in the conclusion of the two-game series with Corsicana at home Friday.
Red Oak once again carried a lead late into the evening, this time 3-1 as the game moved into the top of the sixth.
Corsicana then scored two in the sixth before Ty Nolen singled home the game-winner in the top of the seventh.
Zamora collected two more hits for the Hawks, while Aiden Hart (1-2) and Tallon Heine (0-2) drove in the two earned runs for the Hawks. Red Oak also scored one run on one of the Tigers three errors.
Trevor Gattin went the distance for the Hawks. He struck out seven and allowed four runs (two earned ) on eight hits and three walks.
Lindsey picked up his second win of the week for the Tigers after he came on in relief in the fifth inning. He struck out three, walked two and did not allow a hit.
The Hawks returned to the diamond Saturday afternoon in a non-district test against Waxahachie. The Indians hung crooked numbers in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings for the 13-1 win.
Peyton Graham hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the run-rule win.
Red Oak continues non-district action next week against Mesquite Horn on Tuesday and Friday and then North Forney on Saturday.
Both games against Horn are at 7 p.m., while the road game against North Forney is set for a 10 a.m. first pitch.
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.