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.
Three hits producing as many RBIs off the bat of Megan Mason was the catalyst for the Ladycats, as they dispatched Crowley in a run rule-shortened contest, 16-1.
After priming the pump with two runs in the first, Aledo followed up with a handful of runs in the bottom of the second, and the rout was afoot.
Allie Arneson also had a multi-hit night for the Ladycats, including a double while Rhylie Makawe completed four trips around the base paths. Ally Gabbert’s lone hit was a 3-bagger.
Aledo’s 16 runs came from just six hits on the night, though the Lady Eagles committed three errors and issued 10 walks.
Lauren Craine took care of the five innings in the circle, striking out five Crowley hitters, scattering four hits and walking just two batters. The Ladycats’ defense had a lone error in the match.
The Aledo offense added four runs in the third and another handful in the fourth. Crowley’s lone run came in the top of the third, not enough to avoid an early bus back home.
The Ladycats’ advance to the Area round sets up a meeting against Byron Nelson, who swept Chisholm Trail in a best-of-three series. The site, time and playoff type was yet unannounced at press time.
Brock 10, Whitney 3
SAGINAW — Helped along by a spate of five Whitney errors, Brock’s Lady Eagles came storming back from a 2-run deficit in the top of the third inning in a Class 2A Region II Bi-district playoff game on Thursday. Adding scores in each of the remaining four frames, the Lady Eagles advanced to the Area round, taking the one-and-done playoff game, 10-3.
Haley Hardison kicked off the comeback inning with a triple to right field, breaking the ice with an RBI single from pitcher Krysten Marr. Brock tacked on four more runs in the frame, taking advantage of a walk, an error and another pair of singles.
Hardison added another extra-base hit later in the game and hurler Marr helped her cause, as well, hitting a triple to lead off the sixth.
Marr allowed another Whitney run in the fourth, but shut out the Lady Wildcats for the balance of the contest. The senior struck out six hitters and induced nine groundouts in the game.
With fourth-seed Tom Bean’s “upset” of top seed Pilot Point, Brock will meet the Lady Cats in the Area round at a site and time to ne named.
Iowa Park 4, Springtown 1
The Springtown Lady Porcupines were the victims of a hot-handed Iowa Park pitcher on Wednesday in their Class 3A Region I Bi-district contest.
The Lady Hawks hurler, Peyton Helton, fanned 18 Pojo hitters in her 1-hit effort against Springtown.
Despite six errors, the Lady Porcs stayed close enough in the contest to make a game of it, but could not solve Helton.