Aledo senior pitcher Sarah Simpson threw her first varsity no-hitter to lead the Ladycats to a 10-0 victory over Springtown in a District 6-4A contest Tuesday night on Senior Night at Ladycats Field.
The win - Aledo's ninth in a row - raises the Ladycats' 6-4A mark to 10-2. AHS will continue district play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Saginaw.
Simpson allowed no runs on no hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in a game called in the bottom of the sixth on run rule.
After issuing a pair of walks in the first inning, Simpson retired the next 16 batters. She ended three innings with strikeouts, including the final frame.
Ladycats shoot 351 to finish in 4th place at regional tournament
Coming into Tuesday's final round at the Region I golf tournament in San Angelo, the Aledo Bearcats needed to make up two strokes to have a chance to be one of two qualifiers for the Class 4A state tournament.
However, after shooting 306 in the opening round, the Bearcats came back today at Quicksand Golf Course and finished with a 313 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 619 that left them in third place behind runner-up Arlington Heights (614) and tournament-winner Wolfforth Frenship (597). Both Heights and Frenship will advance to the state tournament in Austin.
Aledo team of Baker/Odders fall to Aledo's Dedeke/Kite in consolation final; Dedeke/Kite drop play-in match
Both Aledo Bearcats boys doubles teams dropped semifinal matches this morning (Tuesday, April 20) at the Region I tennis tournament in San Angelo.
Ryan Hocke and Maxx Jeffers of Abilene Cooper defeated Aledo's Taylor Baker and Ryan Odders, 6-1, 6-2, while Adam Dockery and Eric Levitt of Wichita Falls High School defeated Taylor Dedeke and Sam Kite of Aledo, 6-1, 6-1.
Baker/Odders faced Dedeke/Kite in the consolation finals later today, with Dedeke/Kite defeating Baker/Odders, 6-4, 6-3.
Dedeke and Kite had a chance to qualify for the state tournament with play-in match against top seed Ryan Hocke/Maxx Jeffers of Abilene Cooper.
Two Aledo boys doubles teams have reached the semifinals at the Region I tennis tournament in San Angelo after the opening rounds on Monday.
The teams of Taylor Baker and Ryan Odders and Taylor Dedeke and Sam Kite won first-round and quarterfinal matches on Monday and will play today (Tuesday, April 20) in the semifinal round.
Yesterday in girls singles, Aledo senior Kristin Brikmanis won her first-round match (6-0, 6-1) but fell in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-4.
The Ladycat doubles team of Joanna Raines and Amanda Richter won their opening match (6-1, 6-1) before falling in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4.
Also in girls doubles, the Ladycat team of Jordan Adams and Whitney Truax lost a first-round match by a 6-1, 6-1 count.
Bearcats just two strokes away from state-qualifying position
Both the Aledo Bearcats and Ladycats golf teams are in fourth place after the first round today (Monday, April 19) of their respective 36-hole, District 6-4A regional golf tournaments in San Angelo.
The second and final round of both tournaments will be tomorrow (Tuesday, April 20) in San Angelo. The top two teams from the regional tournaments advance to the Class 4A state tournament in Austin.
The Bearcats shot a 306 at Quicksand Golf Course and trail first-place Wolfforth Frenship (291) by 15 strokes. However, Aledo trails second-place Fort Worth Arlington Heights (304) by two strokes and third-place Wichita Falls Rider (305) by one stroke.
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The Aledo Ladycats received a ranking in the Texas Girls Coaches Association's Top 25 poll for the first time this season, the TGCA announced this afternoon.
The Ladycats - winners of their last eight games in a row and locked in a three-way tie for first place in District 6-4A with Boswell and Birdville - are ranked in a tie for 25th place.
The TGCA poll for this week:
1. Frisco Wakeland
2. New Braunfels Canyon
3. Tuloso Midway
5. Dripping Springs
7. Denton Guyer
9. San Antonio Harlandale
10. Waco Midway
Today's make-up Aledo Ladycats softball and Bearcats baseball games at Saginaw have been postponed again due to wet grounds.
The Bearcats and Saginaw will make up the baseball game at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Saginaw, while the Aledo Ladycats/Saginaw make-up softball game will be played at 7 p.m. that same day at the Saginaw softball field.
The Ladycats and Bearcats are expected to play their scheduled games tomorrow (Tuesday, April 20) at home against Springtown. Both contests will begin at 7 p.m.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo sprinter Abby Aldrich crosses the finish line first in the girls 400-meter dash Friday afternoon during running finals at the District 6-4A track meet at Springtown. The gold medal also earned Aldrich a trip to the Region I meet in San Angelo.
Aledo sprinters Johnathan Gray, Abby Aldrich each earn gold medals at 6-4A meet
Aledo sprinters Johnathan Gray and Abby Aldrich head a list of six Aledo tracksters and a relay team that qualified for the Region I meet Friday night during the District 6-4A track meet at Porcupine Stadium in Springtown.
The top three individuals and the top three teams in relay races qualify for the regional meet.
Hornets hand Bearcats second straight district loss
Azle pitcher Emily Ditmore took a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning as her Lady Hornets led the Aledo Ladycats 1-0 in a District 6-4A softball contest Tuesday night at Aledo.
But in an instant the game was tied as Aledo junior right fielder Carolyn Clayton broke the no-hitter and tied the score with a lead-off inside-the-park home run to left field.
Three batters later, Aledo junior shortstop Lauren Durham lofted a single to right field that drove in senior second baseman Kendall Kizer from third base for the game-winning run as the Ladycats prevailed, 2-1, to win their eighth consecutive district game.
Merrell finishes in second place overall after 2-hole playoff loss to Collings
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo's Jeffrey Merrell chips onto the 18th green at Waterchase Golf Course in Fort Wort during the first-place playoff for top medalist at the District 6-4A tournament. Merrell finished second overall to lead the Bearcats Black team, which won the tournament by 22 strokes.
Aledo's Jeffrey Merrell shot a 75 today in the final round of the boys District 6-4A golf tournament at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth for a final total of 147 to pace the Bearcats Black team to a final-round score of 317 and a 36-hole total of 629 to win the tournament by 22 strokes over Birdville.