Aledo senior Ashton Adkins hit a key two-run double in the seventh inning to break open a tight game as the state-ranked No. 1 Ladycats held off Brewer, 6-3, Friday night in a one-game area playoff in front of an overflow crowd at the Chisholm Trail High School softball field.
The Ladycats will advance to the regional quarterfinals and face district-rival Burleson. Check this site later for details of the third-round playoff.
Aledo led 4-2 going into the final frame. In the top of the seventh inning, Riley Sartain reached on an error and was sacrificed to second base by clean-up hitter Chickie Cook.
Sartain advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and the next batter, Kadyn Kirkpatrick, walked. Kirkpatrick promptly stole second base giving AHS runners on second and third.
The Class 5A state-ranked No. 1 Aledo Ladycats will continue their title defense today when they face Brewer in a one-game area playoff.
The first pitch will be at 7 p.m. today at the Chisholm Trail High School softball field.
The Ladycats (15-0) are the first-place team from District 8-5A and Brewer (17-6) is the second-place team from District 5-5A.
Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
"We are really excited to play Brewer," Ladycats senior pitcher Lauren Craine said. "In the past we have struggled against them, and I think they are pretty confident.
Aledo senior pitcher Isaac Hale unleashes a pitch during the first inning of the Bearcats' 6-0 victory over Fort Worth Southwest Thursday night in a one-game bi-district playoff at Arlington Heights Field. Hale pitched six shutout innings and struck out eight to earn the win.
Aledo pitcher Isaac Hale threw six shutout innings to lead the Bearcats to a 6-0 victory over Fort Worth Southwest in a one-game bi-district playoff Thursday night at Arlington Heights Field.
The Bearcats will advance to the area round and face the winner of the Wichita Falls Rider/FW Poly series.
Aledo pitcher Shane Mosiello came on in relief in the seventh. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
The Class 5A baseball playoffs begin Thursday when the defending state-champion Aledo Bearcats face Fort Worth Southwest in a one-game, bi-district playoff.
The first pitch will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Worth Arlington Heights baseball field.
The Bearcats (14-8) are the second-place team from District 8-5A and Southwest (12-11) is the third-place team from District 7-5A.
Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The winner of the game will advance to the area round and face the winner of the Wichita Falls Rider/Fort Worth Poly bi-district playoff series.
The Bearcats posted a 10-4 District 8-5A record and landed in a second-place tie with Burleson Centennial.
Aledo High School qualified a relay team and six other athletes in individual events to the Class 5A state track meet Friday and Saturday at the Region I meet in Lubbock.
The top two finishers in relays and individual events automatically qualify for the state meet.
Ladycats senior Brittney Trought won both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and she joined twin sister Danielle Trought, Tysley Valencia and Kia Jordan to win the girls’ 4x100 relay.
Danielle Trought (100-meter hurdles) and Jordan (100-meter dash) each also qualified for the state meet with second-place finishes.
Aledo qualified three athletes in field events. Senior Blake Scott – the Fort Worth area pole vault leader – captured first place, while Ladycats pole vaulter Mackenzie Lyon placed second.
Although he has not started a District 8-5A game and has been used only in middle-innings relief during league action, Aledo senior left-handed, sidearm pitcher Coby Talley was handed the ball today and asked to go as many innings on the mound as he could in a second-place tiebreaker game against Burleson Centennial.
Both teams came into Saturday's contest at neutral-site Joshua High School with identical 10-4 district records, and since the teams split a pair of games during regular 8-5A play, a third game was necessary to determine second place in the district.
Aledo pitcher Lauren Craine, shown in the first inning of the Ladycats' 19-0 win over Trimble Tech in a bi-district playoff game at Aledo, threw her first no-hitter of the season while striking out seven Lady Bulldogs batters to earn the win.
Aledo senior Lauren Craine threw her first no-hitter of 2015 to lead the state-ranked No. 1 Ladycats to a 19-0 victory over Fort Worth Trimble Tech Friday night in a Class 5A bi-district playoff game at Aledo.
The Ladycats will advance to the area round and face Brewer. Game times, location and dates for the best-of-three series have yet to be determined.
Aledo senior shortstop Allie Arneson relays a throw to first base on a double play attempt in the Ladycats' home finale on April 25. The Ladycats will open the 2015 playoffs at home at 7 p.m. today against Trimble Tech. Next door, at 7:30 p.m., the Bearcats baseball team will host Cleburne in the district finale.
Both the state-ranked No. 1 Aledo Ladcyats softball team and the Aledo Bearcats baseball team will play at home today, with the ladies beginning what hopes to be a long playoff run and the Bearcats concluding District 8-5A play.
The No. 1 Ladycats, champions of District 8-5A, will face the fourth-place team from District 7-5A, the Trimble Tech Lady Bulldogs, in a one-game bi-district playoff.
Jacob Evans pleaded guilty today in 415th District Court in Weatherford to two counts of murder, and in the plea arrangement he received a prison sentence of 45 years.
Evans was accused of shooting to death his mother and a sister in their Annetta South home Oct. 4, 2012.
A letter at the hearing from his family indicated their support for the plea arrangement. It was read by defense attorney Mac Smith.
"We wish to close this chapter in our lives in order to continue healing as a family," it said. It was signed by Evans' father, sisters, grandparents, aunts and an uncle.
Evans was remanded to the custody of the Parker County Sheriff's Dept. for transfer to the state prison system.
Aledo catcher Connor Duer drove in four runs and starting hurler Cody Bradford pitched six solid innings as the pair led the Bearcats to a 5-1 victory over Granbury in a District 8-5A game Wednesday night at Granbury.
The win raises the Bearcats' 8-5A mark to 10-3 and clinches a playoff spot.
Aledo will conclude district play at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 1) at home against first-place Cleburne on Senior Night.
Duer drove in the Bearcats' first run in the first inning - driving in Wade Rayburn who reached on a double - but he saved his biggest hit for the seventh inning.
With the score deadlocked at 1-1 in the top of the seventh, the Bearcats loaded the bases courtesy of a base hit, walk and Granbury error.