— Staff Reports
The precipitation inundating the area on Thursday was hardly a downpour, but the incessant drizzle dealt enough dampness to force Friday holiday games for many local teams.
Softball’s regular season was completed this week and has produced the usual healthy contingent of playoff teams. To say that Aledo dominated District 7-4A play could be an understatement, as the Ladycats nearly run-ruled the table and will take a No. 1 seed into postseason.
Weatherford and Brock also step into their respective second seasons, with both entering as two seeds. There are seedings yet to be determined, and bi-district play is set to begin April 29.
Prep baseball enters its final week, with most of the Parker County contingent already assured a postseason slot or a having shot at getting in or improving their seeding.
Weatherford 3, Arlington Lamar 1
The Kangaroo varsity made the very most of three hits on Friday, producing three runs in the bottom of the fourth frame. Erasing a 1-run deficit to take the lead it held for the rest of the game, Weatherford was victorious in the 3-1 win over the Arlington Lamar Vikings.
Lamar scored its lone run in the first frame. Maneuvering a runner to second base, a single got the runner home. Weatherford had its only error in the opening inning, but the miscue did not hurt them and the defense was solid for the balance of the match.
The Vikes pitching remained effective for the first three Weatherford at bats, but the Roo offense heated up in the fourth.
The Roos tied the game with a bases-loaded walk, as Beau Burrows looked at four-straight balls to collect the game-tying RBI. A single by Alex Wirsing and a sac fly by Hayden Rowell netted one run each, and the eventual final score was reached, leaving the rest of the game to the pitchers and the defenses.
Burrows earned the complete-game win for Weatherford, shutting out Lamar after its first-run frame. The junior hurler scattered five hits across the seven innings while striking out 10 Lamar hitters. It was an iron-man outing for Burrows, who chunked 120 pitches and induced seven fly balls in the game.
The Roos are off until Friday, when they will travel to play Arlington Sam Houston in the district finale at 7 p.m.
O’Brien no-hits Lady Texans in District 3-5A finale
Kelso O’Brien struck out nine batters while allowing just two walks and no hits through five innings as the Lady Roos concluded its regular softball schedule for 2014 on Tuesday, in Arlington. Weatherford won the game over Arlington Sam Houston, 12-0.
The junior pitcher also aided her own effort tallying four RBIs to lead the WHS girls.
Six runs in the opening three innings allowed the Lady Roos to easily outpace Houston’s offense. An RBI double by Liz Konig and a two-run home run by Abbey Cowan took care of the first three runs in the first. O’Brien’s second-inning double produced another pair of runs.
The six-run surge in the fifth halted the contest in the bottom half of the frame when the Lady Texans failed to score.
The Lady Roos finish district in second place as they prepare to enter the playoffs. Their bi-district opponent, date and site are to be determined.
Bearcats fall to Southwest, 7-4
Leading 4-2 into the seventh inning, Aledo failed to hold off a spate of singles by the Fort Worth Southwest hitters, resulting in a 7-4 loss in a District 7-4A game played at Bearcats Field on Friday.
After an error, a catcher’s interference and a walk loaded the bags for the Raiders with no outs, three consecutive singles put Southwest ahead. Before the Bearcats could get out of the inning, the Raiders had put up five runs.
A two-out walk and Raider error gave Aledo two runners in the bottom of the frame, but a ground out ended the Bearcats’ designs on last-inning heroics.
Aledo travels to Granbury on Tuesday and is back home on Friday for Senior Night, taking on Fort Worth’s Trimble Tech. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. starts.
Ladycats go 14-0 with Heights win
Aledo’s varsity girls completed their run of the District 7-4A table with a 15-0 win over Arlington Heights.
The four-inning affair produced another no-hit outing for Aledo’s Lauren Craine, who fanned nine Lady Jackets hitters and ceded a lone walk.
The Ladycats’ big inning came in the second, making up for the lost time of a scoreless first by putting up 10 runs.
The Aledo offense produced six double and two triples, with Chickie Cook going 2-for-3, scoring two runs and recording four RBIs.
Aledo added four runs in the third frame and the lone run in the fourth ended the contest.
The Ladycats enter postseason as the top seed, facing the fourth seed from District 8-4A at a site and time to be announced.
Brock’s 8-run fourth gets everyone out of the rain
The Eagles drainable turf came in handy on Thursday, as Brock hosted Boyd in a District 9-2A match. The recurring drizzle was not as much as a nuisance to the Yellowjackets as the Brock hitters, who banged out 11 hits en route to a 14-1 rout.
After warming up with four first-inning runs and tacking on another two in the third, the Eagles batted around in the fourth while drumming up eight round trips in the frame.
Seven of the 10 Brock players who got an at bat hit safely in the game, with four multi-hit batters.
Colby Fowler did the most damage, hitting a home run and ending the day with five RBIs. Titus Gosset recorded a double and had two RBIs.
Fowler handled all of the mound work, save the final out, with Gossett handling the last batter of the game. Fowler had 11 strikeouts and a single walk.
Early runs carry Lady Eagles to win over Boyd
The Brock Lady Eagles got off to a rousing start in their first at bat in their District 9-2A finale on Friday, scoring four runs. As it turned out, the four runs proved crucial, as the Boyd Lady Jackets refused to concede the win easily.
Boyd answered with a pair of runs in the next inning and tenaciously kept scoring through four of the five next frames, but Brock put up enough offense to take the win, 8-5. The game featured a combined 28 hits.
Senior Haley Hardison had the hottest bat for Brock’s much-needed offense, going 4-for-4 at the plate, including a double. Mikayla Smith had three hits, including a triple and drove home two runs.
Brock secures the second seed in the playoffs and will play its bi-district match against an opponent to be named.