The Aledo Ladycats are continuing a two-year dominance of district foes with their latest conquest being a 14-0 victory at Saginaw Friday, March 10. The game was called after five innings because of the mercy rule, something that has become synonymous with Aledo softball in league play.
Over the course of last season and this the Ladycats have outscored their district foes 162-11 in 13 games — with six of those runs surrendered coming in a 12-6 win over Azle last season.
In all, Aledo has won 21 straight league games following their last district setback, 5-4 at home to Granbury on March 12, 2021.
This season the Ladycats (15-4-1 overall) are off to a 3-0 start District 5-5A play and have outscored their opponents 42-1, along with outhitting them 46-5.
The Ladycats, ranked 22nd in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, have won seven straight games entering their contest at home against Brewer (5-8 overall, 1-0 in district) at press time. This includes a 4-0 performance in the Marshall Tournament March 3-4 that saw them outscore their opponents 32-1 with a pair of perfect games pitched by Taylor McKean and a no-hitter by Nathalie Touchet.
The Ladycats have also faced a pre-district schedule that included several Class 6A teams. One of their losses was to 19-0 Mansfield Lake Ridge, No. 1 in that classification, and they’ve split a pair of contests against No. 20 Waxahachie.
“I have been impressed with the ability of my girls to play lights-out no matter our opponent,” coach Heather Myers said, calling the tournament in Marshall, “a great chance for our girls to spend extra time together and get their minds right. We spent time bonding and setting goals for our season on top of getting some good looks at different lineups to figure out what will work best for us this year.
“We have an abundance of talent and we have emphasized the importance of maximizing every opportunity we are given. We like to go into every game with the goal of scoring early and scoring often, and they have done a great job getting this done. We hope to continue dominating throughout district and making a statement game after game.”
And that’s exactly what they’ve done so far in district. Their most formidable foe, Northwest (9-5, 1-1), could only manage two hits in a 10-0 loss at Aledo on March 7. Saginaw could only get one hit off McKean, who struck out nine, walked one and surrendered no earned runs.
Five Ladycats had two hits each, with Reagan Davis getting a double and triple, Delaney Rosser hitting a triple with two runs batted in and Presley Hull collecting a double. Texas Ray had two hits, was hit by a pitch and drove in two runs, while Ana Flores’ two hits included a pair of RBI.
Ten Ladycats combined for the team’s 15 hits.
Following the game against Brewer the Ladycats travel to Azle Tuesday, March 21 and then return home to host Granbury on Friday, March 24. Both games have a 7 p.m. first pitch.
Aledo 416 03 - 14 15 0
Saginaw 000 00 - 0 1 0
Aledo hitting: Reagan Davis 2-3, 2B, 3B, SB; Delaney Rosser 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI; Presley Hull 2-3, 2B; Texas Ray 2-3, HP, 2 RBI; Ana Flores 2-4, 2 RBI; Claire Byars 1-1, BB, RBI; Taylor McKenzie 1-1; Brenlee Gonzales 1-3; Kennis Marx 1-3; Maddy Jarvis 1-2, RBI.
Aledo pitching: Taylor McKean 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 9 K, 1 BB.
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