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Ladycats blank Burleson Centennial

Lead series 1-0


Another playoff battle, and another one in the win column.

After a near two-hour rain delay to start the game, the Aledo Ladycats opened the best-of-three series for the Class 5A Region 1 title against Burleson Centennial with a 2-0 win on Wednesday, May 22.

“Something we talk about all the time is winning each inning, winning each pitch, and not taking anybody for granted,” Ladycats head coach Heather Myers said after the game. “Anybody can have a great game. Luck favors the prepared. I’m confident, don’t get me wrong. But we’re never going to go to sleep on any team.”

Senior left-hander, Brenlee Gonzales continued to dominate inside the circle for Aledo, pitching a complete-game shutout. Gonzales threw 98 pitches with 72 landing for strikes on her way to striking out 11 Lady Spartans. Centennial was only able to muster four base hits off the Texas Tech commit.

Aledo scored both of their runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kyleigh Pawlak smashed a one-out fly ball to deep right field that found a green patch before bouncing off the outfield fence. Pawlak cruised around the bases and slid safely into third for a triple.

Gonzales managed to put a ball in play in hopes of scoring the opening run from third. The ground ball snuck by the third baseman allowing Pawlak to score on the error as Gonzales reached first safely.

Grace Heath came in as the courtesy runner for Gonzales. Kennis Marx hit a deep fly ball to right that ended up being caught. In spite of being caught for an out, the ball was still hit deep enough to allow Heath to tag up and advance to second, moving into scoring position.

Rylee Marx came to the dish with two away. She hit a grounder to second that she was able to beat out on her way to first. Aggressive base running by the Ladycats not only allowed Heath to move over to third, but to score on the play as the Lady Spartans were caught off guard.

The series will move to Burleson Centennial High School for Game 2 on Thursday. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.


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