Birdville pitcher Randi Fentress held Aledo to four hits while striking out nine to lead the Lady Hawks to a 4-0 win over the Ladycats Wednesday night in the District 6-4A softball opener at Birdville High School.
The Ladycats (5-6, 0-1 in 6-4A) will take a break from district action and play Thursday through Saturday (March 4-6) at the A&M Consolidated tournament in College Station.
AHS will resume 6-4A action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at home against Brewer.
Ladycats pitcher Sarah Simpson took the loss in the circle for Aledo. The senior allowed two earned runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
"Sarah pitched a pretty good game," Ladycats head coach Jeff Lemons said. "We made a few errors that didn't help her and led to two unearned runs, but I was pleased with the command she had on her pitches. It's just the first district game, and there is no panic here."
Junior lead-off hitter Carolyn Clayton led the Ladycats at the plate with two hits, including a triple.
Also recording a hit for Aledo were senior first baseman Rebecca Phillips with a double and junior shortstop Lauren Durham with an infield single.
Birdville scored a pair of runs in the opening frame and added a run each in the second and fourth innings.
"We will refine our overall game this weekend at the A&M Consolidated tournament," Lemons said. "It will be a good team-building trip, and we will play some quality teams.
"We also get to go watch a Texas A&M softball game, and that will be a lot of fun."
For the complete story, and for more comments from Coach Lemons, please see the March 5 issue of The Community News.