— By GREG WEBB
ARLINGTON — Weatherford senior Andrew Healy shed his catcher’s gear on Friday and climbed on the other end of the battery to pitch a complete game for the Roos on Friday. Healy showed veteran results on the mound against Arlington Sam Houston, striking out 11 Texan hitters and giving up just four hits in the outing. He also issued no walks in the shutout performance that netted WHS a 7-0 win.
The Roos had a near-perfect defensive performance behind Healy, with just one error committed.
With the Roos suffering a tough stretch in the second half of the district season, dropping three games after a 7-1 start, Weatherford bounced back in its final three games, closing out District 3-5A with a 10-4 mark.
The record puts the WHS boys in a tie for the runner-up spot in the final standings, as Arlington High, who was a game ahead of Weatherford to begin the evening, fell to North Crowley. Paschal dropped to the fourth seed, losing on Friday to Lamar.
The Roos racked up 10 hits in the match, with Tony Rodriguez sparking the offense with a 3-for-3 hitting performance at the plate, including a double, and another trip to the bases via a walk. The senior scored twice in the game.
Blake LaGrassa also hit a double as on of his two hits and was the RBI leader on the night, bringing home three runs. Nick Rodriguez also had a 2-hit night and scored twice.
The Roos opened the scoring in the second inning with two runs and added five more runs over the next two stanzas, which concluded the scoring for the night.
The closest Houston came to avoiding a shutout was in the seventh, when a pair of singles resulted in Texan runners at the corners with one out. Healy shut down the threat with his final strike out on the night and induced a groundout, which was handled by Nick Rodriguez for the final out of the game.