By GREG WEBB
KELLER — After the nail-biter in Game 1 on Thursday between the Weatherford Lady Roos and Keller Timber Creek’s Lady Falcons, Friday’s softball game had all the earmarks of a similarly contentious struggle for the Class 5A Region I Bi-district series win in the follow-up.
After early scoreless innings, just like Game 1, it was the Lady Roos who drew first blood, taking the lead they would hold, albeit threatened late. WHS completed the series sweep against TC with a 4-3 win.
Weatherford was in wait mode on Saturday as the candidates for its Area round opponent were deciding who will advance. The Lady Roos will meet either El Paso Coronado or El Dorado at a site and time to be determined.
Weatherford shortstop Ashleigh Erb broke the string of goose eggs in dramatic fashion in the top of the fourth, sending a line-drive homer over the left field wall.
After sending Lady Falcons hitters back to the dugout in order to end the fourth, WHS’ Kayla Gardner singled and scored after advancing on a double by Landri Mays. Gardner and Mays were joined by Erb and Abbey Cowan as each had two hits in the contest.
Doubles from Erb and Liz Konig and an RBI single from Gardner tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth, and finished the scoring for Weatherford as the defense staved off Timber Creek in the final two frames.
The Lady Falcons answered Weatherford’s sixth-inning runs with a singleton in the bottom half. TC’s scoring in the final inning was halted when Caylee Bray snagged a liner to right field to end the game.
Aledo 16, Crowley 1
ALEDO — Playing a full 7-inning game has been a rarity for the Aledo Ladycats virtually all season long. Friday was no exception as AHS began its foray into postseason play, hosting Crowley’s Lady Eagles in a Class 4A Region Bi-district single-game duel.