Aledo, Brock softball advance up brackets
Game 2 of the Class 4A, Region I quarterfinal between Aledo and Burleson Centennial on Saturday lacked the white-knuckling drama of Friday’s 12-11 Ladycats’ win, but the result was the same.
Aledo did have to come back in the game, as they had the night before, as the Lady Spartans got on the board first, in the first frame. A couple of early errors cost Aledo, but the AHS girls made up the 2-run deficit with three third-inning runs to give them the permanent lead.
Tori Gore worked the circle for the Ladycats, surrendering no earned runs as the Ladycats won the game, 7-2, taking the series in two games. Gore went the distance for Aledo, with the defense behind her tightening up to shut down the Centennial hitters through the final frames.
Aledo meets El Paso Chapin in the Regional semifinals at a date/site to be announced.
In the Class 2A brackets, Brock softball also moved to the regional semifinal round with a sweep, beating Whitesboro, 4-1 and 6-3, on Friday and Saturday.
Krysten Marr handled pitching duties in both contests, fanning 15 hitters in the 14-inning span, while scattering singles and only one extra-base hit.
Brocks bats were active in both games, aided by nine errors committed by the Lady Cats defense. Kaitlyn Farmer had an RBI double in Saturday’s clincher, with Shambry Sanders knock in a run with a triple.
The Lady Eagles move to the regional semis facing Mt. Vernon at a date/time to be determined.
Good fortune has brought more notice to both clubs. Aledo has moved up the rankings to No. 10 in the Coaches Poll, with Brock sitting at fifth.
Aledo, Brock baseball end postseason bids
The last vestige of Parker County baseball playoffs ended over the weekend.
A pitcher’s duel on Friday ended with a 1-0 win by Birdville over Aledo to begin the Class 4A Area best-of-three series.
Two productive innings on Saturday by the Hawks created a margin Aledo could not close, with the Bearcats coming up on the short end of an 8-4 decision.
Aledo ends its 2013 baseball season with a 27-10 overall mark and are the District 7-4A champions.
After the Brock Eagles fell to Gunter 13-7 in the first game of a Class 2A best-of-three series on Friday, the second game remained a tight contest until the Tigers had a burst of offense in the final frame.
Gunter led by a single run entering the seventh frame at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School on Saturday, but tacked on four more with a couple of extra-base hits, winning the game 7-2, when the Eagles failed to respond on the bottom half.
By Brock standards, the postseason comes to a premature end. The Eagles finish the season with a 29-5 over all record.