But the hitting did come around for Aledo, with even more consistency as they hit postseason. The Bearcats totalled 18 hits and 13 runs in the state tournament.
“We seemed to get our swing back as a team,” Barry said. “Sometimes its been the top or bottom part [of the batting order] and sometimes the middle.”
The Aledo margin after two innings in Friday’s title game seemed much larger than its 2-0 lead through five innings, with the command of Anderson’s pitches and the defensive play behind him.
When Willem’s single in the sixth (advancing to second on the throw from the outfield) scored Zack Slemmons (pinch-running after Hershel Gardner’s walk) and right fielder Zane Scott, the wind went out of the Victoria school’s sails and the Bearcats closed out the final two innings with proficiency.
On Thursday, Aledo erased the one-run Hallsville lead in the third inning, and kept scoring in each subsequent frame while Reed stymied the Bobcat bats. First baseman Dakota Durant had the big stroke in the semifinal, clearing the bases with a double in the fifth frame.
Raburn, Connor Duer and Scott joined Durant with two hits each.
Ending its Championship season with a 34-6-2 record, Aledo baseball joins the Ladycats softball team with concurrent state titles.
Although the feat of a school winning softball and baseball championships in the same season has happened twice before, it has never been the case at the Class 4A level.
But adding the “minor” tickler of a single school winning baseball, softball and football championships in the same school year — that distinction belongs only to Aledo High School in UIL history.