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.
By BRIAN SMITH
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The new judge for Parker County Court at Law No. 2 will be chosen by voters in November, but plans are underway now to determine who will appear on the ballot.
Buchanan to step down as AISD head football coach
Aledo ISD has announced a restructuring of the athletic department for the 2014 school year. At his request, Coach Tim Buchanan will become the fulltime athletic director so he may focus on the entire athletic program of the district as it continues to grow.
Water park burglar sought
Hudson Oaks police are requesting the public’s assistance in catching a burglar who broke into Splash Kingdom Water Park in Hudson Oaks earlier this month.
Commissioner at odds with school district's demand for land
Aledo ISD superintendent Derek Citty is moving forward with plans backed by the school board in May — plans to secure two school sites in the Morningstar subdivision, slated for the corner of Old Weatherford Road and FM Road 3225 in the City of Fort Worth’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
An unforgettable state championship
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Firefighter arrested for child sexual assault
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested July 21, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Fire protection improving in Aledo
Stephen Watson, interim chief of Emergency Services District No. 1, briefed the Aledo City Council on improvements to the city’s fire protection — including the purchase of a site for a new fire station — in Thursday night’s Aledo City Council session.
Aledo ISD trustees affirm hiring policy
The Aledo ISD School Board affirmed a policy delegating the hiring of most school personnel to the administration by a 4-1 margin last week, with trustees Jay Stringer, David Tillman, Hoyt Harris and Steve Bartley voting in favor and trustee Bobby Rigues arguing that the board should retain the responsibility.
Aledo coffee shop helps support the troops
HUDSON OAKS — Wild West Splash Kingdom was the host of military members and military supporters the night of Saturday, July 19, during ‘Salute the Troops,’ sponsored by Holy Grounds Coffee and Gifts in Aledo and Ducerus College Planning.
Calendar of events
Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
For more information, call 817-440-7770.
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