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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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.
Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
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 Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
Aledo City Council to meet July 24
The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.
Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
County scrambling to fill elections post
Former Parker County Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins, who sought, but was not appointed to the post of Parker County Elections Administrator after Robert Parten retired, last week began work as assistant elections administrator for Palo Pinto County, Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator Judith Evans has confirmed.
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