WC splits with Ranger
Weatherford College resumed its conference schedule on Wednesday, hosting Ranger College for a double header at Roger Williams Ballpark.
After a slow offensive start, the Coyotes’ bats took hold, and the lead, in the bottom half of the fifth frame, erasing a 3-1 Ranger edge in the first game. With two outs, WC put together a 4-run rally, starting with a 2-RBI triple from Hunter Lockwood.
Paxton Delagarza gave the Coyotes the lead with a single, pushing Lockwood across home plate. The seventh brought some drama, as Ranger tried to rally, and did score a run, but the 5-4 win was preserved when reliever Dustin Emmons recorded a ‘K’ for the final out.
WC missed an early opportunity to put up some crooked numbers in the second game. With the bases loaded and the Ranger pitcher having trouble with the strike zone, all the Coyotes could manage was one run.
The Coyotes got another chance in the eighth, down 3-1 on the scoreboard, when WC rallied for a run and Connor Vandeveer drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 3-all.
Extra innings followed, threatening an end in the top of the 13th, with Ranger pushing two runs across. WC boarded two runners on the basepaths i nthe bottom frame but could not push them across home, losing the nightcap 5-3.
Errors thwart Roos effort against Arlington Martin
The Weatherford Kangaroos had an opportunity to pull out a District 3-5A win in the final inning, but failed to coax the tying run across the plate, falling to the Martin Warriors, 5-4, in Arlington on Tuesday.
Weatherford struck first in the district match, scoring a run in the second and adding two more in the top of the fourth, before Martin tied it up with three in the bottom frame of the fourth. Trailing by two going into the final inning, WHS put up one run but left the tying run on third at game’s end.
Although out-hitting the Arlington club, the Roos’ defense uncharacteristically surrendered six errors in the ball game, which spelled the difference. The Roos fall to 1-1 in district play, and look to get back into the win column on Friday, when they will host Arlington High at 7 p.m.
Brock blasts Bulldogs in District 9-2A match
Visiting Brock gave itself a 9-run head start on Tuesday, and cruised to a 23-7 district win over the Millsap Bulldogs. While the Bulldogs found some offense in the middle innings, they could not keep pace with the Eagles’ bats, who hammered out 18 hits in the game.
Kolbin Mills led the Eagles with seven RBIs, while Shay Phillips and Garrett Gaines added four and three, respectively. Tyler Nelson, who recorded the win on the mound, shared pitching duties with Hayden James. James pitched three innings of scoreless ball, recording five strikeouts during his stint.
WC women split with Temple
Weatherford College softball suffered its first conference loss on Wednesday, hosting Temple at Stuart Field, but got the win right back in the second game of a double header.
Temple used a 5-inning burst in the first match, creating a margin the Lady Coyotes could not close, resulting in a 8-3 loss to the Lady Leopards. Bailee Wortham went the distance in the circle for WC.
Weatherford flipped the score in the second game, making the most of its five hits and winning the nightcap, 8-3.
Aledo High grad Carolyn Clayton was productive at the plate, clearing the bases for a 3-run triple and finishing the day with 4 RBIs.
Kortney Koroll added to the efficiency, hitting her second homer of the day. Starting WC pitcher Kylee Studioso recorded a win in the circle.
WC will end a lengthy home stand on Saturday, hosting McLennan in a double header beginning at 1 p.m.