— By GREG WEBB
ALEDO — Two playoff games, two Bearcats pitchers and a single error added up to a string of 12 scoreless innings for the Crowley offense as Aledo eliminated the Eagles from Class 4A bracket play on Friday.
Taco Anderson took the mound in the Region I Bi-district match, as an encore to Chris Reed’s Thursday night performance, with a similar result — both gave up just four hits in their respective shutout outings.
The Aledo hitters helped hurry Friday’s 11-0 win, scoring four, two and then five runs over four frames to put an early end to the contest.
Wade Raburn and Conner Duer put up symmetrical stats in Game 2 of the best-of-three series, with both recording two hits in two at-bats and a pair of RBIs, while also scoring twice each.
Raburn, Hershell Gardner and Zayne Willems each had a double in their at bats. Tyson Mauser set the tone for the game as he led off with a triple in Aledo’s first at bat.
Anderson kept the Eagles’ hitters on their heels, striking out nine while issuing just a single walk on the night. The Eagles got runners in scoring position in the early innings, but never threatened a serious rally, with Anderson and the Aledo defense taking care of business.
Advancing to the Area round with the sweep over Crowley, the Bearcats will play the winner of the Wichita Falls-Chisholm Trail pairing. The site and time are to be determined.