— By GREG WEBB
A very thorough accounting of Weatherford softball’s seniors, who were honored on Friday at Lady Roos Field prior to the final district home game, was followed by an even more thorough pummeling of Arlington Lamar’s Lady Vikings.
A fitting offensive start for the WHS girls was provided by Ashleigh Erb, who stroked a triple over the Lamar outfielder’s reach in left field, completing the trip around the bases by crossing home plate on a passed ball. The early score was a precursor to the Lady Roos’ domination of Lamar, resulting in a 10-0, four and a half-inning District 3-5A win.
The Weatherford defense contrasted with the Lady Vikes as much as the offense. With Kelso O’Brien in the circle for the Lady Roos and ceding just a lone hit, her backups played errorless ball behind her. O’Brien’s solid outing included a handful of strikeouts and no free passes for the Lamar hitters.
Erb’s first-inning run was the only scoring for the opening frame, but the WHS offense warmed quickly in susequent innings.
After committing the first of their four errors on the night to start Weatherford’s second at bat, Lamar loaded the bases with a pair of walks. Weatherford’s Ariel Johns promptly cleared the bases with the Lady Roos’ second triple of the night, scoring Taylor Pool, Courtney Cleveland and Meredith Dickey. Johns, who topped the RBI stats on the night with her first hit, would score the final run of the stanza, sacrificed home with a fly ball by Erb.
After two fly balls and an O’Brien strikeout made quick work of the Lady Vikes in the top of the third, the WHS girls resumed the flurry of scoring, adding another five runs in the bottom half. Two more scoreless frames ended the night prematurely for Lamar.
Pool, Cleveland, Dickey and Johns each scored twice in the contest. Erb contributed a pair of RBIs and senior Abbey Cowan hit a two-bagger to add another RBI.
Weatherford improves to 11-2 with the win and will hit the road on Tuesday to close out the district schedule, facing Arlington Houston at 6 p.m. The Lady Roos will oppose the third seed from District 4-5A in the Region I bi-district round, at a date and site to be determined.
Roos’ early lead falters with Paschal’s 3-run rally in third
Nick Rodriguez’ second-inning double gave the Weatherford Kangaroos the lead in the second inning on Friday, as WHS tried to put an end to a small losing streak in District 3-5A play.
Unfortunately for the Roos, the early lead was short-lived, as Paschal won the district contest played at Curtis Field, 4-2.
Hayden Rowell picked up an RBI earlier in the second when Mason Priess scored on a fielding error by Paschal. Rowell added the Roos’ second, and final, run of the game when Rodriguez punched the double to centerfield.
A walk, single and hit batsman set up the rally for the Panthers in the next frame, with the telling blow coming on a double after Paschal had tied the game on a wild pitch. Though Weatherford got out of the inning with much less damage than could have occurred, enough had been done.
Beau Burrows, Corey Bynum and Andy Swain combined to hold Paschal scoreless for the balance of the contest, but the Panthers’ tandem of Hunter Spielman and Beau Campbell did the same to the Roo hitters. Spielman had 13 K’s and surrendered just two hits in his 6-inning outing.
The loss represents the third-straight for the Roos, whose defense and pitching remains robust, but have been relegated to winning most games by a small margin.
The Roos (7-4) are at North Crowley on Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. start, and look to improve district standing in their final three games.
Bearcats’ steady scoring ends contest in sixth against Wyatt
Boosted by doubles from Bearcats Conner Duer, Matt Dumm and Garrett Uhl, Tyson Mauser also hit a home run in Aledo’s District 7-4A contest against O.D. Wyatt on Friday at Bearcats Field.
Scoring four runs in the second and two runs each in three of the next four frames, Aledo retired Wyatt in six innings with a 10-0 final score.
Mark Swift kept the Chaparrals at bay for five and a third innings with his mound work, limiting Wyatt to two hits and fanning eight batters. Aledo’s Braden Orwick took care of the final two outs of the sixth inning in relief.
Colton Clanton held the South Hills Scorpions’ batters to a paltry two hits on Tuesday, while Aledo hitters were having a field day banging out 12 hits, including a pair of doubles Mauser, who had four hits on the night in a 9-0 win.
Another brief outing for Aledo in 18-0 blanking of Lady Chaps
The Aledo Ladycats opened the scoring with eight runs in the first frame on Friday, in a District 7-4A match at home against Fort Worth’s O.D. Wyatt.
Haley Bowden led off the inning with a single, and was the first and last run to cross the plate in the frame. Bowden scored on Rhylie Makawe’s triple and hit a 3-run homer as the Ladycats batted around in the order.
The second at bat for Aledo produced 10 runs, and Aledo starter Tori Gore faced the minimum nine batters in the run-rule shortened game, striking out seven.
Aledo hitters had their way with the Wyatt defense, hitting three doubles, three triples and two home runs.
The 12-0 Ladycats travel to play at Granbury on Tuesday, returning home next Friday for the district finale, and Senior Night.