WC and NCTC softball teams split

STAFF REPORT

The Weatherford College softball team traveled to Gainesville Wednesday, splitting with North Central Texas College in a conference doubleheader.

NCTC took the first game, 5-2, despite a 4-for-4 game from WC’s Alex Kovacs. The sophomore from Forney had singles in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings. NCTC pitcher Emily Kuser earned the win, scattering eight hits over seven innings.

Weatherford jumped on NCTC early in game two, coasting to a 9-1 win. WC put up five runs in the first three innings. Kovacs had another good game, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored. The Lady Lions had no answer for Taylor Maliska, managing just four hits off the pitcher from Ennis, who allowed one earned run, walked none and struck out one in five innings of work.

The Coyotes (22-12 overall, 13-7 in conference) will face Hill College on Friday, April 3 at WC’s Stuart Field. The doubleheader will begin at 11 a.m.

Rangers claim Verrett from Orioles 

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have received right-hander Logan Verrett on a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles.

Verrett was selected out of Baylor in the third round of the 2011 amateur draft by the New York Mets.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Texas put outfielder Antoan Richardson on the 60-day disabled list. He had surgery last week to repair a herniated disk in his lower back.

Baltimore selected Verrett from the Mets in the winter-meeting draft during the offseason. He had a 1.93 ERA in nine spring training games for the Orioles.

The 24-year-old Verrett was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas last season, and had a 28-13 record with a 3.90 ERA in 69 starts in the Mets system.

Cowboys’ first-ever QB dies at age 85 

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — College football Hall of Famer, former NFL quarterback and war hero Eddie LeBaron Jr. has died. He was 85.

The University of the Pacific said LeBaron died of natural causes Wednesday.

LeBaron played at Pacific for coach Amos Alonzo Stagg and also helped lead the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1949.

He later served as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for heroism.

LeBaron played 11 seasons in the NFL for Washington and Dallas. He threw for 13,399 yards and 104 touchdowns and was selected to four Pro Bowls.

He later served as general manager for the Atlanta Falcons from 1977 to 1982 and was the league’s Executive of the Year in 1980. He also served on the NFL’s Competition Committee.

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