Little Elm pitcher Brittany Talley shut out the Aledo Ladycats, 3-0, Friday night in game one of the best-of-three Class 4A bi-district softball series at Little Elm.
Game two will be at 3 p.m. Saturday (May 1) at Aledo.
Game three, if necessary, will be played at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, at Texas Woman's University in Denton.
The District 6-4A softball co-champion Aledo Ladycats will face Little Elm, the third seed from District 5-4A, in a Class 4A, Region I best-of-three bi-district playoffs series beginning Friday, April 30.
Game 1 will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Little Elm, while game 2 is set for Saturday (May 1) at 3 p.m. at Aledo.
Game 3, if necessary, will be played at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, at Texas Women's University in Denton.
The winner of the series will take on the winner of the Arlington Heights/Granbury series in the area championship.
Bearcats win third in a row 10-2 at Mineral Wells
Coming back from a 1-2 start in District 6-4A action, the Aledo Ladycats completed district play by winning their 11th game in a row to clinch a share of the district championship after a 12-0 victory over Mineral Wells Friday night (April 23) at Mineral Wells.
The win gives the Ladycats a 12-2 district mark and 19-10 record overall. The Ladycats will share the district title with Birdville. The Lady Hawks defeated Brewer tonight to raise its 6-4A record to 12-2.
Brann strikes out nine in Ladycats' 13-0 win over Lady Riders
Aledo senior pitcher Austin Vassberg limited Saginaw to just three hits while striking out three with one walk to lead the Bearcats to a 14-1 win over Saginaw Wednesday night in a District 6-4A contest at Saginaw.
The win raises the Bearcats' district record to 9-3. AHS will play next at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Mineral Wells.
Before Vassberg ever touched the mound the Bearcats gave the lefty a double-digit lead as Aledo scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning.
The Bearcats sent up 15 batters in the opening frame and swatted six hits and patiently worked four walks. All nine players in the batting order scored in the inning, with Lawton Rinker and Rylan Riney scoring twice.
Aledo senior pitcher Sarah Simpson threw her first varsity no-hitter to lead the Ladycats to a 10-0 victory over Springtown in a District 6-4A contest Tuesday night on Senior Night at Ladycats Field.
The win - Aledo's ninth in a row - raises the Ladycats' 6-4A mark to 10-2. AHS will continue district play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Saginaw.
Simpson allowed no runs on no hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in a game called in the bottom of the sixth on run rule.
After issuing a pair of walks in the first inning, Simpson retired the next 16 batters. She ended three innings with strikeouts, including the final frame.
Ladycats shoot 351 to finish in 4th place at regional tournament
Coming into Tuesday's final round at the Region I golf tournament in San Angelo, the Aledo Bearcats needed to make up two strokes to have a chance to be one of two qualifiers for the Class 4A state tournament.
However, after shooting 306 in the opening round, the Bearcats came back today at Quicksand Golf Course and finished with a 313 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 619 that left them in third place behind runner-up Arlington Heights (614) and tournament-winner Wolfforth Frenship (597). Both Heights and Frenship will advance to the state tournament in Austin.
Aledo team of Baker/Odders fall to Aledo's Dedeke/Kite in consolation final; Dedeke/Kite drop play-in match
Both Aledo Bearcats boys doubles teams dropped semifinal matches this morning (Tuesday, April 20) at the Region I tennis tournament in San Angelo.
Ryan Hocke and Maxx Jeffers of Abilene Cooper defeated Aledo's Taylor Baker and Ryan Odders, 6-1, 6-2, while Adam Dockery and Eric Levitt of Wichita Falls High School defeated Taylor Dedeke and Sam Kite of Aledo, 6-1, 6-1.
Baker/Odders faced Dedeke/Kite in the consolation finals later today, with Dedeke/Kite defeating Baker/Odders, 6-4, 6-3.
Dedeke and Kite had a chance to qualify for the state tournament with play-in match against top seed Ryan Hocke/Maxx Jeffers of Abilene Cooper.
Two Aledo boys doubles teams have reached the semifinals at the Region I tennis tournament in San Angelo after the opening rounds on Monday.
The teams of Taylor Baker and Ryan Odders and Taylor Dedeke and Sam Kite won first-round and quarterfinal matches on Monday and will play today (Tuesday, April 20) in the semifinal round.
Yesterday in girls singles, Aledo senior Kristin Brikmanis won her first-round match (6-0, 6-1) but fell in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-4.
The Ladycat doubles team of Joanna Raines and Amanda Richter won their opening match (6-1, 6-1) before falling in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4.
Also in girls doubles, the Ladycat team of Jordan Adams and Whitney Truax lost a first-round match by a 6-1, 6-1 count.
Bearcats just two strokes away from state-qualifying position
Both the Aledo Bearcats and Ladycats golf teams are in fourth place after the first round today (Monday, April 19) of their respective 36-hole, District 6-4A regional golf tournaments in San Angelo.
The second and final round of both tournaments will be tomorrow (Tuesday, April 20) in San Angelo. The top two teams from the regional tournaments advance to the Class 4A state tournament in Austin.
The Bearcats shot a 306 at Quicksand Golf Course and trail first-place Wolfforth Frenship (291) by 15 strokes. However, Aledo trails second-place Fort Worth Arlington Heights (304) by two strokes and third-place Wichita Falls Rider (305) by one stroke.
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The Aledo Ladycats received a ranking in the Texas Girls Coaches Association's Top 25 poll for the first time this season, the TGCA announced this afternoon.
The Ladycats - winners of their last eight games in a row and locked in a three-way tie for first place in District 6-4A with Boswell and Birdville - are ranked in a tie for 25th place.
The TGCA poll for this week:
1. Frisco Wakeland
2. New Braunfels Canyon
3. Tuloso Midway
5. Dripping Springs
7. Denton Guyer
9. San Antonio Harlandale
10. Waco Midway