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O'Donnell's two-run double in 10th lifts Bearcats to 3-2 win

May 6, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

Tony Eierdam/The Community News: The Aledo Bearcats baseball team dog piles on Sean O' Donnell moments after the junior hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to lift the Bearcats to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Lake Dallas in game one of their best-of-three bi-district playoff series. Game two will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 7) at Lake Dallas.

Aledo junior Sean O'Donnell smashed a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the 10th inning that drove in Nils Smith and Zack Scott as the Bearcats came from behind to defeat Lake Dallas in 10 innings, 3-2, Thursday night in the opening game of a Class 4A, best-of-three bi-district playoff series at Bearcat Field.

The Bearcats can wrap up the series tomorrow night (Friday, May 7) at Lake Dallas. The first pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. If a third game is necessary it will be at 2 p.m. Saturday (May 8) at Saginaw.

Each team had scored an unearned run in regulation as the game went into extra innings.

Lake Dallas scored another unearned run in the top of the 10th inning to take a 2-1 lead. Tyler McGee doubled with two outs, and as he was attempting to steal third base later in the frame the Aledo throw from the plate sailed into left field as McGee hustled to home plate to give the Falcons a one-run lead.

Trailing by a run, the Bearcats quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th. Senior Nils Smith and junior Zach Scott each singled to put runners at the corners. The next batter, senior Ryan Talley, drew a walk to load the bases.

O'Donnell followed and ripped a towering shot over the centerfielder's head and Smith and Scott scored easily as the Bearcats ran onto the field and "dog-piled" O'Donnell, who led the team with three hits.

"He (Lake Dallas relief pitcher Brandon Cogbill) threw me a fast ball right down the middle," O'Donnell said with a huge grin. "At first I thought I had popped it up, but then I realized I had hit it solid when it flew over the centerfielder's head."

Senior Ryan Conn earned the win with two innings of relief. Senior starting pitcher Austin Vassberg had a brilliant outing with a career-high 15 strikeouts in eight innings while allowing no earned runs on five hits with two walks.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, March 3

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Waxahachie JV Tournament at Waxahachie Country Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats at Crowley, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Crowley at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Wednesday, March 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity Orange at Glen Rose Invitational at Squaw Valley Golf Course Links Course.

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

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