ABILENE - For the first time since 1980, the Bearcats have qualified for the state baseball tournament.
Coming back from a 4-0 deficit, the Bearcats scored five unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to defeat Lubbock Monterey, 5-4, to sweep the best of 3 regional finals series and advance to the state tournament in Round Rock.
Taco Anderson earned the win on the hill, and for the second straight night Shane Mosiello earned the save.
The big hits in the comeback win were a double each by Connor Duer and Tyson Mauser, the latter getting the game-winning hit.
Aledo scored twice in the fourth inning as Dakota Durant and Duer led off with back-to-back doubles. Luke Glover also had an RBI single.
In the fifth the 'Cats scored on a wild pitch and on an RBI single by Duer to tie the game.
In the sixth, Scott reached on an error and scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on Mauser's double.
Travis Harsch/Special to The Community NewsLadycats celebrate after their state semifinal win over Buda Hays on Friday.
Watch this spot for live interactive coverage of the 4A State Championship softball game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The game will also be webcast on Fox Sports Southwest.
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ABILENE - Aledo senior Tyson Mauser set the tone for Aledo Thursday night in its Class 4A best-of-3 regional finals series against Lubbock Monterey at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
Mauser led off the game with a blast over the left-field fence for a home run, and Connor Duer, Luke Glover and Hershel Gardner each drove in a run in a four-run first inning that propelled the Bearcats to a 6-2 victory over the Plainsmen.
The Bearcats lead the series 1-0 and will reach the state tournament for the first time in school history with a win Friday night.
Game two is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Hardin-Simmons. Game three, if necessary, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hardin-Simmons.
Aledo senior pitcher Chris Reed earned the win on the hill. He went five innings and allowed five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Shane Mosiello pitched two scoreless innings of relief, striking out six and walking one to earn the save.
Leading 4-2, the Bearcats added a run in the top of the fifth inning. Dakota Durant, who led AHS with three hits, singled to lead off the frame. He was replaced on first base by pinch runner Zach Slemmons, who scored three batters later when Monterey committed an error on what could have been an inning-ending double play as Aledo took a 5-2 lead.
The Bearcats closed the scoring in the sixth. Durant smashed a double that drove in Wade Raburn, who reached on an error, for a 6-2 cushion.
Bearcats head coach Chad Barry then went to his bullpen and dialed up Mosiello, who struck out three of four batters in the bottom of the sixth.
The Community News will provide live, interactive coverage of the state semifinal softball game between Aledo and Buda Hays at noon Friday, May 30 from Austin. The game will also be covered on Fox Sports Southwest website.
The Community News is providing live, interactive coverage of Aledo vs Monterey Game 1 tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m. from Hardin-Simmons University. Follow the game on the blog below:
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Students at Coder Elementary School cheer on the Aledo Ladycats softball team Thursday (May 29) morning. Aledo ISD schools Coder Elementary, Vandagriff Elementary, Aledo Middle School and McAnally Intermediate School had send offs for the Ladycats, who will play at the state softball tournament at McCombs Field on the UT campus in Austin.
The Ladycats will face Buda Hays at noon on Friday (May 30) in the state semifinals.
The Class 4A state championship game will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday (May 31) at McCombs Field.
All Aledo games at the state tournament will have live blogs on this site.
Whitney Canion, who pitched on the Aledo Ladycats' 2008 state championship softball team, will be in the circle today (Thursday, May 29) when the Baylor Lady Bears face Florida in the opening game of the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
The game begins at noon, and will be televised live on ESPN.
The Aledo Bearcats will face Lubbock Monterey in a best of 3 regional finals series beginning Thursday. All games will be at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
Game 1 will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday with Game 2 at 7 p.m. on Friday. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Ladycats and Buda Hays will play at noon Friday in the state semifinals at McCombs Field on the University of Texas campus. The state championship game will be at 1 p.m. on Sarurday at McCombs Field.
Paced by a three-hitter by pitcher Taco Anderson, the Aledo Bearcats defeated Wolfforth Frenship 4-2 Saturday at McMurry University to sweep the best of 3 regiional semifinals series. The Bearcats will advance to the regional finals and will face Lubbock Monterrey. Details of the series have yet to be announced.
Saturday in game two, Tyson Mauser's RBI double and Zane Scott's RBI fielder's choice ground ball paved the way to a pair of key runs in the sixth inning.
Aledo won the opener on Friday 5-4 in eight innings as Chris Reed earned the complete-game win on the hill.