WC’s Lady Coyotes dodge tourney elimination with win over Ranger
Facing an early exit after dropping their first game to North Central Texas College on Friday in the double-elimination format of the Region V North Tournament, Weatherford College softball bounced back to beat Ranger College on Saturday, 5-1.
Carlie Jenkins’ third-inning single sparked a 3-run burst to break a tie and put the Lady Coyotes ahead for good. The stroke to center field produced two runs, one unearned due to a fielder error. Alex Kovacs sent Jenkins across the plate with the next at bat.
WC added another run in the fifth, but did not need it with Aundria Zuniga-Romero’s proficiency in the circle and the Lady Coyote’s errorless defense in the field. Zuniga-Romero surrendered just three singles and fanned half a dozen Ranger hitters.
Weatherford was slated to play another contest in the elimination bracket Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. The tourney is being held at LeTourneau University in Longview, to conclude on Sunday.
Aledo holds off Nelson, moves to regional quarterfinals
After a sound run-ruling at the hands of the Aledo Ladycats in Game 1, Byron Nelson’s Lady Bobcats decided not to go gently into that good (playoff) night on Friday. Down by five runs as they came to bat in the bottom of the fifth, Nelson mounted a rally of three runs in a comeback effort.
But the Ladycats quashed the resurgence and held scoring at bay over the last two frames, beating their Class 4A Region I Area opponent by a 7-5 count while advancing to the next round of the state softball playoffs.
With the teams trading runs to begin the contest, Aledo added the go-ahead run in the third, but had its big inning of five runs in the top half of the fourth. The Ladycats’ first four batters reached safely in the frame as the AHS girls added to their lead, with the big blast of the frame coming off the bat of Rhylie Makawe, a 2-RBI triple to right field.