James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo sophomore forward Kyle Underwood attacks during a recent match. The Bearcats will face Wichita Falls High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the area championship at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
Aledo High School baseball, softball teams at home Tuesday against Saginaw
The Aledo Bearcats soccer team will face Wichita Falls High School in the area championship game on Tuesday, March 23, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Ticket costs are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Bearcats (21-1-1) are coming off a 5-1 win over Denton Ryan last Thursday in the bi-district playoffs. Wichita Falls had a bye in the opening round.
The Aledo Ladycats softball team and Bearcats baseball team will both face Saginaw in home diamond tilts on Tuesday.
Both games will begin at 7 p.m. at the Aledo High School athletic complex.
Aledo senior pitcher Calvin Loftis struck out 12 Azle batters en route to a complete game four-hit shutout as the Bearcats handled the Hornets, 9-0, Friday night in a District 6-4A contest at Azle.
The win lifts the state-ranked No. 8 Bearcats to 3-0 in 6-4A, while Azle drops to 1-2.
Aledo will continue district play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at home against Saginaw.
After Azle's leadoff hitter reached on an error, Loftis - who did not issue a walk in seven innings - retired nine batters in a row and 11 of the next 12. In that span, the lefty struck out eight batters, including striking out the side in the second inning.
"Calvin had everything working for him," Aledo skipper Ryan McCurley said. "To not issue any free passes definitely indicated he had quality stuff.
"He buried a lot of sliders on 0-2 and 1-2 counts, and he threw sliders for strikes when he was behind in the count. Anytime he can do those two things and have an exploding fastball, it will be tough to hit him."
Azle did not record a hit until the fourth inning, and one of the four hits Loftis surrendered was an infield singles.
Thomas Davis scored three goals to lead the Aledo Bearcats to a convincing 5-1 victory over Denton Ryan Thursday night in a Class 4A bi-district soccer playoff match at Northwest ISD Stadium.
The win advances the Bearcats to the area round where they will face Wichita Falls High School.
Following the contest the Bearcats lost a "home and home" coin flip, meaning they will travel to Wichita Falls and face the Coyotes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (March 23) at Wichita Falls ISD Memorial Stadium.
Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Davis scored his first two goals in the first half after Matt Nickell opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick from the box just 38 seconds into the match.
With 21:27 remaining in the opening half, Davis extended the Bearcats' lead to 2-0 on a 12-yard shot from the left side off a feed from Nickell.
Just 52 later, Davis struck again, this time from 20 yards out off a rebound for a 3-0 lead, which it remained at the half.
Denton Ryan cut the lead to 3-1 with 28:35 left in the second half on a penalty kick.
Aledo senior pitcher Ryan Talley allowed one hit and struck out 13 to lead the state-ranked No. 8 Bearcats to a 6-0 victory over Boswell Wednesday night in a District 6-4A contest at Boswell.
The Bearcats will take a break from district play and will face Midlothian at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, March 18) at The Ballpark In Arlington. Admission is free.
Aledo will continue district play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Azle.
Talley - who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning - allowed seven walks and hit one batter. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth with a strikeout. Talley finished off four of seven frames with inning-ending strikeouts.
Boswell's Gene Ramirez broke up the no-hitter with a clean, line-drive single to left field with no outs and a runner on in the seventh. However, Talley retired the next three batters to preserve the shutout.
Aledo scored three runs in the opening frame to take a 3-0 lead by taking advantage of a pair of Boswell errors to go along with an extra-base hit. The big hit in the inning was a RBI double by senior left fielder Nils Smith.
Aledo sophomore pitcher Kacie Brann allowed just two hits and struck out eight to lead the Ladycats to a 4-1 win over Azle Wednesday night in a District 6-4A game at Azle.
The win evens the Ladycats district mark at 2-2. The loss was Azle's first in district play.
The Ladycats will continue district action at 7 p.m. at home Tuesday, March 23, against Saginaw.
The Ladycats scored all the runs Brann (1-0 in 6-4A) would need in a four-run third inning.
Senior second baseman Kendall Kizer smashed a two-run home run, with junior right fielder Carolyn Clayton (double) and junior third baseman Morgan Farley (single) each driving in a run in the frame.
For the complete story, and for comments from head coach Jeff Lemons, please see the March 19 issue of The Community News.
Heavy overnight rain and continued showers today led to the postponement of the Aledo Bearcats District 6-4A baseball game at Boswell, and the Aledo Ladycats district softball contest at Azle, both originally scheduled for tonight.
The Ladycats and Azle will play at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, March 17) at Azle.
The Bearcats and Pioneers have rescheduled their game for tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Boswell.
District 6-4A by laws for both baseball and softball state that when a game is postponed, it shall be made up on the next available playing date, which would be Wednesday, March 17.
The Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats soccer teams will both play bi-district playoff matches at Northwest ISD Stadium on Thursday, March 18.
The Ladycats will face Denton Guyer at 6 p.m. followed by the Bearcats contest against Denton Ryan at 8 p.m.
The winner of the Ladycats/Guyer match will face Wichita Falls Rider in the area round, while the victor of the Bearcats/Ryan contest will face Wichita Falls High School in the second round.
Both Rider and Old High drew geographical byes in the first round.
Boswell pitcher Tawny Hank limited Aledo to five hits to lead the Lady Pioneers to a 9-3 win over the Ladycats Friday night in a District 6-4A game at Boswell.
The loss drops the Ladycats to 1-2 in district play. Both Ladycat losses in district play have been on the road. AHS will continue 6-4A action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at Azle.
Sarah Simpson took the loss in the circle for the Ladycats. The senior allowed four earned runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
Sophomore Kacie Brann came on in relief, pitching two innings while allowing two earned runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Hank, who also swatted a game-high three hits, walked three and struck out four while allowing three runs.
Boswell took advantage of two Aledo errors in the first inning and scored three unearned runs to take a 3-1 lead and never looked back.
"Something just wasn't there tonight," Ladycats head coach Jeff Lemons said. "Something wasn't there from the time we got off the bus ... something wasn't right.
Aledo sluggers Carolyn Clayton and Morgan Farley combined for six RBI and pitcher Sarah Simpson threw a six-hit shutout to lead the Ladycats to an 8-0 victory over Brewer Wednesday night in District 6-4A action at the AHS softball field.
The win evens the Ladycats' district record to 1-1, while Brewer falls to 0-2. Aledo will continue district play at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Boswell.
Clayton ripped a two-run home run over the centerfield fence in the opening frame, and in the fifth inning smashed a triple to center to drive in another run.
Farley swatted a pair of doubles, including a two-bagger in the third with the bases loaded that drove in three runs.
Simpson, who is 1-1 in 6-4A play, scattered six hits with just one walk while recording five strikeouts.
Clayton's blast in the opening frame gave the Ladycats an early 2-0 lead. The Ladycats added a run in the third for a 3-0 lead when Jordan Simons - who had reached on an infield single - scored after a double-play ground out.
Calvin Loftis allowed just three hits in 6 2/3 innings and Ryan Talley faced one batter for the save as the pitching pair led the Aledo Bearcats to a 2-1 victory over Brewer Tuesday night at Bearcat Field in the District 6-4A opener.
Loftis earned the win on the hill, allowing one run and five walks while striking out seven.
Talley snuffed out a potential Brewer rally with a strikeout as the Bears had the tying and go-ahead runs on base with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
The Bearcats will play next at the Western Hills tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday, March 11-13.
Aledo got on the board when Matthew Bishop drove in Cody Smith - who had reached on an error - with an infield single in the second to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Hayden Hall reached second on a single to right field followed by an error on the play.
Hall advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lawton Rinker to give the Bearcats a 2-0 advantage.
Brewer's lone run came in the sixth when Craig Keeton scored after a triple from Zane Pruett, who also took the loss on the hill for the Bears.