AHS Ladycats vs. Springtown at Aledo;
Varsity, 6:30 p.m.
JV, 5 p.m.
9th, 5 p.m.
Boswell pitcher Tawny Hank limited Aledo to five hits to lead the Lady Pioneers to a 9-3 win over the Ladycats Friday night in a District 6-4A game at Boswell.
The loss drops the Ladycats to 1-2 in district play. Both Ladycat losses in district play have been on the road. AHS will continue 6-4A action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at Azle.
Sarah Simpson took the loss in the circle for the Ladycats. The senior allowed four earned runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
Sophomore Kacie Brann came on in relief, pitching two innings while allowing two earned runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Hank, who also swatted a game-high three hits, walked three and struck out four while allowing three runs.
Boswell took advantage of two Aledo errors in the first inning and scored three unearned runs to take a 3-1 lead and never looked back.
"Something just wasn't there tonight," Ladycats head coach Jeff Lemons said. "Something wasn't there from the time we got off the bus ... something wasn't right.
"We play well at home, but we haven't figured out the road thing yet. We may have to change our routine or something ... something has got to change."
The Ladycats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Hot-hitting junior right fielder Carolyn Clayton - who led the Ladcyats with a pair of hits and has four hits in the last two contests, including three extra-base hits - smashed a two-out double and scored on a single by junior catcher Shelby Stockard.
But Boswell came back with three unearned runs in the bottom of the frame and added a run in the second to take a 4-1 lead.
The Ladycats cut the lead in half with a run in the third. Stockard reached first base on a fielder's choice ground out as the Ladycats began a rally with two outs.
The next batter, junior shortstop Lauren Durham, hit a ground ball to third baseman who overthrew at first allowing Stockard to score which cut the hosts' lead to 4-2.
Boswell extended its lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. The big hit in the frame was a two-RBI single by left fielder Kelsie McKee that drove in Hanks (single) and Jordan Bright (walk).
Boswell added two more runs in the fifth and scratched for a run in the sixth to take a 9-2 lead.
The Ladycats rallied in the seventh inning when senior left fielder Jordan Simons and Clayton each drew walks.
Senior second baseman Kendall Kizer ripped a two-out single to left field to score Simons, but Hank retired the next batter to seal the win.
"Sarah didn't do a bad job at all," Lemons said. "But she wasn't getting any (strike calls on the) corners at all. She is the kind of pitcher who needs corners.
"If she is forced to throw the ball down the middle, bad things will happen, but that is the same with any pitcher. And she wasn't helped in the first inning with the (two errors that led to) three unearned runs.
"And with Kacie, I thought she showed something when she retired the last two batters in the seventh (which included a strikeout) after allowing a couple of hits.
"But as for the team, again, it just never felt right. I don't know what we are going to have to do to change that, but we have to do something."
Also recording a hit for the Ladycats was Simpson with a single to left in the second inning.