By GREG WEBB
AUSTIN — The heat was formidable at University of Texas’ Red & Charline McCombs Field Saturday afternoon, but it paled in comparison to the Aledo hitters in the opening three innings of the Ladycats Class 4A State Softball Championship game against the Ennis Lady Lions.
As they had done on Friday, the Ladycats again got on the board early in the title match but, unlike the semifinal, Aledo hitters kept at it, scoring crooked numbers in each of the first three innings.
With Aledo’s solid defense shutting down a resurgent Ennis offense in the middle innings, any thoughts of a comeback were quashed as Aledo won the 2014 softball championship, 10-3.
Aledo second baseman Rhylie Makawe did much more than just stroke a team-leading three hits. The junior was also a defensive stalwart for the Ladycats, and for her efforts was named the Championship Game’s Most Valuable Player.
Three other Ladycats had multiple hits, including Riley Sartain, who was credited with two triples. After eight hits in the semifinal, Aledo collected an even dozen in the title game. Aledo head coach Jeff Lemons was hardly surprised by the hitting clinic displayed by the Ladycats.
“In the last two batting practices we had prior to coming down here, it was kind of scary throwing to these girls,” said Aledo head coach Jeff Lemons. “It was the most phenomenal thing I’ve seen in my five years at Aledo. The girls were so focused and were driving the ball so hard.”
And while enjoying the offensive surge, the Aledo defense has been a apt compliment to pitcher Lauren Craine’s control and consistency.
“I know I [kind of downplay] how good we are on defense,” Lemons said. “But have you ever seen a better defense than those girls have played?
“[Lauren] knows she doesn’t have to be perfect. All she has to do is throw strikes.”
In Friday’s state semifinal, a single by Buda Hays’ leadoff hitter on the game’s first pitch was not an indication of early fortunes. After holding the Lady Rebels scoreless in the top half, Sartain hit a base-clearing double in the first inning, giving Aledo a lead it would hold until the sixth, the frame in which most of the drama of the contest was compressed.
Between the first and sixth, Aledo’s Craine and Hays’ Sarah Leal enjoyed a pitcher’s duel, backed by solid defensive play. Each team scored a single run during the four-frame span.
Karina Rocha’s 2-run homer capped the scoring for Hays in the top of the sixth, with the Lady Rebels scoring four to take a 5-4 lead over Aledo.
But Aledo, who was man-handled by Hays in last year’s semifinal, remained composed and came answering back. Senior Megan Mason led the charge with a leadoff double. After suffering the wrath of Sartain’s bat in the first, Hays opted to issue a free pass, but Kadyn Kirkpatrick made the Lady Rebels’ decision pay. Her hard grounder single scored Mary Myers, who was inserted to run for Mason.
The winning run came on a throwing error, when the Hays catcher tried a misdirection throw on a steal. Sartain, who was perched on third, took advantage of the miscue and charged home.
The title is Aledo’s second in three trips to the state softball tournament.
Ladycats put up 10 in first three frames and cruise to Class 4A championship
By GREG WEBB
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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
Corey Kiser and Riley Sartain, members of Aledo High School’s state champion softball team, honored by trustees last week, are to blame for the 10-3 tattoo on the finger of their coach, Jeff Lemons.
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.
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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.
A Purple Heart County
County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse.
Suspicious house fire under investigation
The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.
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