By GREG WEBB
FORT WORTH — Up a game after Thursday’s 10-2 win in the best-of-three Class 4A Region I softball championship series, Aledo took the sting out of Azle’s Lady Hornets early on Friday in Game 2.
Scoring four runs in the opening frame and adding nine more plate crossings in the next two frames, the Ladycats put a rapid run-rule end to the series with a 14-4 regional title clincher.
While Aledo’s bats and aggressive base running were enough to contend with, banging out six doubles in the game, Azle’s young squad also succumbed to the pressure of the state-qualifying series, committing 10 errors in the two contests against the Ladycats.
Aledo head coach Jeff Lemons, still drenched from the water-bucket assault a few of the Ladycats successfully executed, was visibly and understandably pleased.
“I’m breathing a lot easier right now,” he said. “There were a lot of expectations, but it’s incredibly hard to get [back to the state tournament]. I don’t care how much talent you have coming back, it’s incredibly hard.”
Lemons expressed his admiration of the teams’ focus on the tasks at hand, especially with all of the other springtime distractions of prom, testing, graduation, et al.
The Ladycats showed little distraction at the plate in the series, totalling 21 hits and 24 runs.
On Friday, four Aledo hitters had multiple RBIs, with Chickie Cook leading the way with three. Both Allie Ramsey hits were doubles.
While run production was not an issue for the Ladycats, neither was the defense — nor the pitching.
Lauren Craine issued just a single walk in her five innings of work on Friday, letting the defense behind her to take care of business. The Ladycats had no errors in the two contests.
“We’re happy that we have a Saturday off for the first time in a good while,” Lemons said. “So, we’ll have the weekend to relax and enjoy this, and get back to work on Monday.
“We’re not going [to Austin] just happy to be there this year — we’re on a mission, this time.”
Half dozen extra-base hits sets pace for Aledo offense
By GREG WEBB
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Plans move forward for new judge
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
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.
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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