Playing it safe with two “home neutral” locations that are equipped with weather-friendly field turf, the Aledo Bearcats and Wichita Falls Rider Raiders will square off in a best-of-3 area championship baseball series beginning today.
Game one will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Brock High School.
Game two will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Henrietta High School, with game three, if necessary, to follow.
Rider is the No. 1 seed from District 5-5A.
Bearcats head coach Chad Barry said the strength of the Raiders is a deep pitching rotation, led by left-handed ace Alec Lemon.
He said offensively Rider has patience at the plate and tries to take advantage of its speed on the base paths.
Aledo senior Mary Myers swatted three hits and classmate Ashton Adkins added a home run as the state-ranked No. 1 Ladycats recorded 16 hits en route to a 15-0 victory over Burleson Friday night in a regional quarterfinal playoff at Colleyville Heritage High School.
The Ladycats will advance to next week's regional semifinals and face the winner of the Lubbock Cooper/Canyon regional quarterfinal series.
The Cooper/Canyon best-of-three series will be played Friday and Saturday.
Lauren Craine was the winning pitcher, allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a game called by mercy rule after five innings.
Paced by a two-run single by Chickie Cook, the Ladycats scored six runs in the top of the second inning to take a 6-0 lead.
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Aledo head softball coach Jeff Lemons has announced that the Aledo Ladycats/Burleson regional quarterfinal playoff game has been moved up to Tuesday.
The Ladycats and Lady Elks will now play their one-game regional quarterfinal playoff series at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Colleyville Heritage High School.
The playoff game was originally scheduled for Thursday at L.D. Bell.
According to the latest weather.com forecast, the chance of rain in the area is 100 percent on Wednesday, 80 percent on Thursday and 80 percent through the weekend.
"We are moving up the game to try and avoid the rain," Lemons told The Community News. "And as such we had to move the game to Colleyville Heritage."
Aledo senior Ashton Adkins hit a key two-run double in the seventh inning to break open a tight game as the state-ranked No. 1 Ladycats held off Brewer, 6-3, Friday night in a one-game area playoff in front of an overflow crowd at the Chisholm Trail High School softball field.
The Ladycats will advance to the regional quarterfinals and face district-rival Burleson. Check this site later for details of the third-round playoff.
Aledo led 4-2 going into the final frame. In the top of the seventh inning, Riley Sartain reached on an error and was sacrificed to second base by clean-up hitter Chickie Cook.
Sartain advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and the next batter, Kadyn Kirkpatrick, walked. Kirkpatrick promptly stole second base giving AHS runners on second and third.
The Class 5A state-ranked No. 1 Aledo Ladycats will continue their title defense today when they face Brewer in a one-game area playoff.
The first pitch will be at 7 p.m. today at the Chisholm Trail High School softball field.
The Ladycats (15-0) are the first-place team from District 8-5A and Brewer (17-6) is the second-place team from District 5-5A.
Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
"We are really excited to play Brewer," Ladycats senior pitcher Lauren Craine said. "In the past we have struggled against them, and I think they are pretty confident.
Aledo senior pitcher Isaac Hale unleashes a pitch during the first inning of the Bearcats' 6-0 victory over Fort Worth Southwest Thursday night in a one-game bi-district playoff at Arlington Heights Field. Hale pitched six shutout innings and struck out eight to earn the win.
Aledo pitcher Isaac Hale threw six shutout innings to lead the Bearcats to a 6-0 victory over Fort Worth Southwest in a one-game bi-district playoff Thursday night at Arlington Heights Field.
The Bearcats will advance to the area round and face the winner of the Wichita Falls Rider/FW Poly series.
Aledo pitcher Shane Mosiello came on in relief in the seventh. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
The Class 5A baseball playoffs begin Thursday when the defending state-champion Aledo Bearcats face Fort Worth Southwest in a one-game, bi-district playoff.
The first pitch will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Worth Arlington Heights baseball field.
The Bearcats (14-8) are the second-place team from District 8-5A and Southwest (12-11) is the third-place team from District 7-5A.
Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The winner of the game will advance to the area round and face the winner of the Wichita Falls Rider/Fort Worth Poly bi-district playoff series.
The Bearcats posted a 10-4 District 8-5A record and landed in a second-place tie with Burleson Centennial.
Aledo High School qualified a relay team and six other athletes in individual events to the Class 5A state track meet Friday and Saturday at the Region I meet in Lubbock.
The top two finishers in relays and individual events automatically qualify for the state meet.
Ladycats senior Brittney Trought won both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and she joined twin sister Danielle Trought, Tysley Valencia and Kia Jordan to win the girls’ 4x100 relay.
Danielle Trought (100-meter hurdles) and Jordan (100-meter dash) each also qualified for the state meet with second-place finishes.
Aledo qualified three athletes in field events. Senior Blake Scott – the Fort Worth area pole vault leader – captured first place, while Ladycats pole vaulter Mackenzie Lyon placed second.
Although he has not started a District 8-5A game and has been used only in middle-innings relief during league action, Aledo senior left-handed, sidearm pitcher Coby Talley was handed the ball today and asked to go as many innings on the mound as he could in a second-place tiebreaker game against Burleson Centennial.
Both teams came into Saturday's contest at neutral-site Joshua High School with identical 10-4 district records, and since the teams split a pair of games during regular 8-5A play, a third game was necessary to determine second place in the district.