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.
The Ladycats - 9-2 in district play - will continue 6-4A action at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Saginaw.
After Clayton tied the score, Kizer smashed a single to left field and advanced to second base when Azle's left fielder bobbled the base hit.
The next batter, junior catcher Shelby Stockard, executed a sacrifice bunt that advanced Kizer to third base.
Durham followed with a walk-off single to right to end the contest.
Azle 11, Bearcats 5
Azle took advantage of four walks and an error in the fourth inning to score nine runs to pave the way to a six-run win over the Aledo Bearcats Tuesday night in District 6-4A baseball action at Bearcat Field.
The Hornets also swatted four hits in the fourth, including a bases-loaded triple by Nik Lietkemeyer and a run-scoring double by Justin Berry, who was also the winning pitcher.
Aledo threw three pitchers - Ryan Talley, Calvin Loftis and Ryan Conn - and all three worked in the fourth inning. Talley started and took the loss for Aledo.
Conn threw the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing a run on one hit while striking out five. The senior retired the first seven batters he faced.
The Bearcats scored a pair of runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 10-5. Junior centerfielder Rylan Riney ripped a double to drive in Austin Lawler, and Riney scored three batters later on a double by Matthew Bishop.
Azle added a run in the top of the seventh to close the scoring.
The Bearcats - 7-3 in 6-4A - will continue district play at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Saginaw.
For more on both games, and for comments from Ladycats head coach Jeff Lemons and Bearcats skipper Ryan McCurley, please see the April 16 issue of The Community News.