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Aledo ExtrA

June 2, 2014

Bearcats defeat Lubbock Monterey to advance to state

WEATHERFORD — By BRIAN SMITH

ABILENE — In what seems to be a recurring trend, Aledo found itself in an early hole in Friday’s Game 2 of the best-of-three series with Lubbock Monterey. The Plainsmen took advantage of some defensive miscues and a timely two out hit to take a 4-0 third inning lead.

As they have throughout the postseason, Aledo held its composure and crawled back into the fray before breaking a 4-all tie with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Monterrey got a runner to second with one gone in the seventh before Aledo slammed the door, clinching the 5-4 win and punching a ticket for Austin and the Class 4A State Tournament later this week.

The Bearcats (32-6) took game 1 of the series at Hardin Simmons University’s Turner Field, 6-2, using a four-run first inning to take control, paced by Tyson Mauser’s solo homer on the first pitch of the contest.

Aledo is unsure of its opponent in the state semifinals but know it will be the Region 3 winner of either George Ranch and Brenham. George Ranch won game 1 of the series Thursday night, 6-5. The 4A semifinals are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

While his players were very calm after falling into Friday’s early hole, Aledo Coach Chad Barry was anything but.

“The kids were in the dugout telling each other it’s okay and just to stay cool and focused,” Barry said after the 1:48 contest. “Me, on the other hand, I was a nervous wreck.”

Aledo pitcher Taco Anderson (8-2) allowed just four hits in the victory, striking out seven in the process. Even though Anderson gave up three walks in the four run inning, there was little talk of yanking the senior.

“It wasn’t like he was missing his pitches,” Barry said. “Our defense was hurting us.”

The Bearcats began to soothe their mentor’s mind in the bottom of the fourth. After garnering just one hit over the first three innings, Dakota Durant and Connor Duer opened the frame with two-strike doubles off Plainsment pitcher Hunter Spaeth to get Aledo on the board.

Duer moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Luke Glover’s single over the third baseman’s glove. Glover was stranded at second as the next three hitters were retired.

Aledo came through with a two-out rally in the fifth. Zayne Willems beat out an infield single while Durant singled to right to put runners at the corners. A wild pitch and Duer infield single brought the pair home to tie the game before a strikeout prevented further damage.

In the Bearcat sixth, Zane Scott used an error to reach second. Mauser then hit a soft fly ball into right field in front of three Plainsmen defenders to score Scott and give Aledo its first lead of the contest.

Barry had high praise for Mauser, calling him “the smartest player he’s ever coached.”

“He set the tone for us in the series,” Barry said of the three-year starter. “He’s always thinking.”

With one out in the seventh, the Plainsmen picked up a double into the right centerfield gap to put the tying run aboard.  Shane Mosiello came on in relief of Anderson and retired both hitters he faced, including a strikeout to end the game.

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