WHS softball wins seed match in back-n-forth affair
The Weatherford Lady Roos put together a handful of runs in the fourth inning in a seed match to determine winner vs. runner-up placement in the playoff brackets against Arlington Martin, and as it turned out, they needed every one of them.
Fortunately for the WHS girls, three lead changes were all that occurred at Fort Worth Western Hills High School, as the Lady Roos held off rallies in the final two frames to win the game, 7-6.
In the five-run fourth, Darrian Ross and Abbey Cowan hit back-to-back doubles to begin the scoring. Kelsey Horton’s sacrifice turned into an error, and the scoring continued when Weatherford pitcher Kelsey O’Brien stroked the third double of the inning, scoring two. Liz Konig’s sac fly ended the scoring for the inning.
Things got interesting in Martin’s final at bat. The Lady Warriors mounted a two-out, two-run rally, finally put to rest when Horton fielded a scalding ground ball and got the force out at third to halt the comeback.
Weatherford had two-hit performances from Horton, O’Brien, Konig, Ross and Tawnye Bramlett. O’Brien helped her cause in the circle, leading the Roos with two RBIs.
Though no pairings had been announced, top-seeded Weatherford will likely meet District 4-5A Justin Northwest (fourth seed) in the bi-district round at a site and time to be announced.
Kangaroos chip away at Lamar pitching, win district contest, 3-0
Weatherford found itself in a pitcher’s duel through three innings Friday, reverting to small-ball tactics in the mid and latter frames to get some runs on the board.
Arlington Lamar’s pitching staff proved pretty stingy, but WHS’ hurler Beau Burrows was not even handing out scraps, pitching a shutout in the Roos’ 3-0 win.
Lamar made some noise in the bottom of the sixth, nearly loading the bases with one out until a running error stepped in. Lamar’s attempted rally ended with a ground out to second base.
Weatherford got on the board in the fourth, after Mitchell Dworsky bunted aboard with a single, then took advantage of a wild pitch and two passed balls to steal home.
With Burrows striking out two more batters in the bottom frame, Dustin Williams singled to start the fifth, scoring from second base on a timely single by Grayson Huffman.
Burrows, settling in on the perimeters of the strike zone the deeper he pitched, struck out the side in order in the bottom of the fifth. In their next at bat, Williams singled again, with Dworsky scoring his second run on the night.
Williams, Dworsky and Huffman provided the Roo bats, with each getting two hits. The Roos had eight hits on the night.
Burrows put together a superb performance, scattering three hits and striking out 12 batters. In the final frame, after hitting the first Vikes batter, the sophomore hurler bowed his neck and struck out the side.
Weatherford faces Arlington Sam Houston on Senior Night on Friday. 7 p.m.
Bearcats beat Granbury on Cammack’s one-hitter
Despite three errors by the Aledo defense, Bearcat pitcher Carter Cammack held Granbury’s hitters at bay as Aledo beat the Pirates, 4-2, in a District 7-4A contest on Senior Night.
Cammack pitched a one-hitter through six frames, with Tyson Mauser acting as closer in the seventh.
Luke Glover had a pair of hits, scored a run and added an RBI to lead Aledo’s offense, which finished with eight hits and took advantage of Granbury’s four errors.
Since losing its district opener to FW South Hills, Aledo has won 12-straight contests. The Bearcats will travel to play Trimble Tech in Fort Worth on Friday, with first pitch set for 7 p.m.