Young, Riney combine for abbreviated no-hitter
The Weatherford Kangaroos’ offense and defense were very near the top of their games on Thursday, as they visited Arlington Sam Houston for a District 3-5A match.
Will Young took care of the first three innings on the mound for the Roos, fanning five Texan batters. WHS head coach Terry Massey, already enjoying a 15-run lead, inserted Matt Riney in relief to pitch what turned out to be the final two frames. Riney kept the no-hitter intact, striking out three more hitters, with no free passes.
The Weatherford defense was flawless behind their two pitchers, and have been showing continual improvement in fielding efficiency after being plagued with miscues as recently as a few weeks ago.
Sandwiched between second and fourth innings of one and two runs respectively, the Roo offense banged out 14 runs in the third, ringing a death knell for the Texans’ hope of extending Weatherford to a full seven frames. The big inning featured 11 hits, three of those for extra bases, as Weatherford flirted with batting around in the order... twice.
Brock Riebe arguably had the biggest day at the plate, hitting 4-for-4 including a double and driving three runs home, while also crossing home plate one time. Chris Pohl also put up monster stats, hitting 2-for-3 with a double, scoring twice and tallying 4 RBIs.
The Roos made use of a free Friday, hosting Granbury in an early-afternoon contest.
Weatherford, improving its league record to 6-1, plays its next district contest on Thursday, at Arlington Bowie. In a quick-turnaround week, The Roos host Martin on Friday at Raymond E. Curtis Field. Both games are slated for 7 p.m.
Eight first-frame runs lifts Aledo over Bulldogs
Had it not been for the opening inning on Thursday, as Aledo hosted a District 7-4A contest against Fort Worth’s Trimble Tech, the opposing pitchers could still be putting zeroes on the scoreboard.
The Bearcats’ bats gave the Tech starter a rude welcome, chasing the pitcher in the opening frame and slapping eight runs on the scoreboard. The deluge would be all the runs Aledo would get, or need, in the match.
A 2-run single by Zayne Willems erased Tech’s first inning lead and the Bearcats rallied to bat around in the bottom-half stanza.
The lion’s share of Aledo’s hits would come in the opening-frame rally, with Caleb Frysinger being responsible for three RBIs. All eight runs came from eight different Bearcats.
Aledo head coach Chad Barry platooned his pitchers, with Chris Reed getting the start, Carter Cammack spelled Reed in the fourth and handled duties through the sixth. Cammack fanned six of the 11 batters he faced. Taco Anderson worked the final frame, retiring the side in order.
The Bearcats are off until Friday, then travel to play district foe Arlington Heights, with a Saturday district match with South Hils, who has handed Aledo its sole district loss. Both contests are set for 7 p.m.
Lady Roos drop first district contest
Despite out hitting Arlington Martin in a District 3-5A game played at home on Thursday, the Weatherford bats fell silent late in the contest as the Lady Roos lost their first district game, 4-3.
After breaking the ice in the third with a run, The Lady Roos had to score again in he fourth to neutralize two runs Martin pushed across in the top half of the inning. When the Lady Warriors again scored a pair in the top of the fifth, the WHS girls could only answer with one run, and never made up the difference.
Starter Kelsey O’Brien helped her effort with two hits and two RBIs, but the Lady Roos were held hitless in the final two frames.
Bowden, Makawe incite Aledo offensive rush past Western Hills
The Aledo Ladycats continued their efficient assault on the District 7-4A schedule on Friday, recording yet another abbreviated game cut short by the mercy rule.
Steady scoring from the second inning through the fifth allowed the Ladycats to get home before dinner got cold, as they beat Western Hills, 10-0.
With pitcher Lauren Craine in the circle, the Aledo defense logged yet another shutout, its seventh in a row in the district schedule. Craine 2-hit the Lady Cougars while striking out a half dozen Hills hitters.
Haylee Bowden and Rhylie Makawe led the offensive fireworks for Aledo. Bowden went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, adding a walk to reach base safely a fourth time, and drove in a pair of runs. Makawe also had two RBIs on a triple she stroked in the fourth inning.
Aledo improves to 8-0 in district play and will rest up during the first part of the week before playing back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday this week, meeting Fort Worth teams Trimble Tech and Southwest, respectively. Both games are 7 p.m. starts.